New Wrinkle in Battle Over Franchise Tags

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The Tennessee Titans say Jared Cook is a tight end. Statistics indicate he's a wide receiver.

The difference is huge and has potential ripple effects on whether Jimmy Graham of New Orleans becomes one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

This complicated scenario starts with Cook, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next month. Although Cook has put up only 131 catches for 1,717 yards and eight touchdowns in four years, he is considered a player with great upside because of his size (6-foot-5, 248 pounds) and speed, particularly if he played on a team with a better passing attack than the Titans have managed in recent years.

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