By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans are not using their franchise tag on anyone, a move letting tight end Jared Cook and kicker Rob Bironas among their pending free agents hit the market.
The NFL deadline to designate players with the franchise tag was 3 p.m. CST Monday, and the Titans announced their decision on Twitter.
Cook had been the top candidate for the designation. But a dispute loomed over what position Cook actually pays over the difference between the $6.06 million this season he would have been due if the Titans used the franchise tag on him as a tight end compared to the $10.5 million a receiver designated a franchise player receives in 2013.
Bironas would have earned more than the $2.97 million kicker designation after earning $2.85 million in 2012.
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