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North's Cook avoids franchise designation by Titans

Tennessee Titans' Jared Cook (89) makes an 18-yard touchdown reception against Indianapolis Colts' Antoine Bethea (41) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tennessee Titans' Jared Cook (89) makes an 18-yard touchdown reception against Indianapolis Colts' Antoine Bethea (41) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tight end or wide receiver, it won't matter in the case of Tennessee Titans free agent Jared Cook.

Cook, a North Gwinnett grad, and his agent planned to file a grievance to allow an arbitration panel to determine whether his claim to be paid the one-year franchise tender as a wide receiver instead of a tight end.

That threat is moot now that the Titans decided not to use the tag on Cook, who was fourth on the team with 44 receptions and tied with three other receivers on the 2012 roster with four touchdown catches.

The difference between the one-year franchise tender for a wide receiver and tight end is about $4.45 million. Because Cook was often used in the slot or flexed out in the formation as a wide receiver, he planned to argue he deserved the "wide receiver" designation and higher salary.