|After three-plus seasons, it appears Jared Cook wants out of Tennessee. (US Presswire)|
The NFL trade deadline may have been extended from Tuesday to Thursday because of Hurricane Sandy, but the consensus seems to be that there will be few if any transactions, and none of the blockbuster variety. The three names most often mentioned as dark-horse candidates: Rams running back Steven Jackson, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, and Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. But for various reasons -- mostly having to do with cost or contracts -- any deal is a long shot.
Now we can add another name to the list: Titans tight end Jared Cook has requested a trade, according to a report by The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.
Cook's agent declined to comment to Wyatt, and team officials weren't immediately available, but Cook landing elsewhere isn't likely. He was taken in the third round of the 2009 draft out of South Carolina as someone who could stretch the middle of the field and create matchup problems.
Instead, Cook has never started more than five games in any of his three and a half seasons, and other than his 49-reception effort in 2011, Cook has never hauled in more than 29 passes. That said, he has 28 catches through eight games this season but he's also in the last year of his contract and he's looking for a long-term deal.
Earlier this month, Cook was wary of saying too much when asked if he had an open dialogue with coaches about his role. According to ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky, the question was followed by seven seconds of silence before Cook finally offered this:
“I think they've talked about it. There haven't been any moves made. You can see it on film, but that's as far -- I put my work on film. You can see my production on film. I guess I don't know how to answer that question, really, without kind of throwing somebody under the bus. So I'm just going to leave it at that.”
In Sunday's overtime loss to the Colts, Cook was on the field for 42 percent of the Titans' snaps and he was targeted just four times. And as Wyatt notes, Cook has played fewer than half the snaps in six of eight games this season.
Whether the Titans are interested in dealing Cook is another matter. They wouldn't get a third-rounder for him in a trade and despite his sporadic playing time, he's young, cheap and still has plenty of upside.