INDIANAPOLIS _ From the statement by general manager Ruston Webster, Jared Cook will be a Tennessee Titan in 2013 and perhaps beyond.
Webster, speaking at the NFL Combine on Thursday, said he expects that Cook will be a big part of what the Titans do on offense this season, as he inferred the club would be in the process of either working out a long-term agreement or using the $5.96 million franchise tag.
“We've always wanted Jared. That hasn't changed and I don't see that changing,” Webster said. “We're on the same page with the coaching staff that way.
“I would think he would be with us next year. He's a big part of our offense. How it gets done, we'll just have to see.”
Cook finished last season with 44 receptions, but missed the final three games after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Webster indicated that he plans to meet with Cook's agent here at the Combine, as well as the representatives for kicker Rob Bironas. The Titans are also expected to meet with the agent for defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks as well.
“He (Cook) is a big priority, along with Rob and Sen'Derrick,” Coach Mike Munchak said. “They're guys that we've been talking to. We can't control when they're ready to talk to us or when they want to work a deal. Most players when they get this close to free agency want to test the market.”
Another player the Titans indicated they would like to bring back is kick returner Darius Reynaud.
“With Marc Mariani's injury, it opened up a spot for him and he took total advantage of it. He was a big factor for us,” Webster said. “We definitely would like him back.”