Jared Cook already knows what 2012 is.
For Cook, 2012 means he is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans have always liked Cook, even spending their 2010 second-round pick to trade and draft the former University of South Carolina star in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Since then, Cook has teased and tantalized with his talents, and at times shown himself to be a big-time playmaker.
Thus far, Cook and his agent have yet to hear from the Titans front office regarding and extension. In lieu of that, the franchise tag, of course, remains an option for Tennessee to exercise on Cook next March.
“I would like to stay here. I like Tennessee a lot, but you just kind of block it out and take care of your job. As long as you take care of your job, you’ll be all right,” Cook said. “I’m still waiting (to hear), but hopefully soon.”
After a strong preseason as a rookie, leading the team with 17 catches, Cook largely disappeared during the regular season with just nine receptions and limited playing time following an ankle injury.
During the 2010 season, Cook was again a non-factor early in the season, but came on with 29 receptions once he found regular playing time late in the year.
Last season was Cook’s best to date, as he finished the year with 49 receptions for 759 yards.
He admits that while he hopes to be in the Titans long-term plans as the offense expands to include a broader passing attack, that he doesn’t really know what the future holds for him with the club.
“You really can’t know what they’re thinking, so you’ve just got to kind of do your thing and go play football,” Cook said.