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Cook says he wants to win, dodges trade request

Associated Press Modified: November 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm •  Published: November 1, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee tight end Jared Cook says he's happy with his role in the Tennessee offense and only wants to win because winning is "huge."

He just never answered questions Thursday on whether or not he asked to be traded.

Coach Mike Munchak said Monday this is not the time for agents to stir the pot when asked if Cook requested a trade.

Cook spoke Thursday after practice and dodged questions about whether or not his agent asked for the tight end to be traded. Cook says he has to do his job and focus on Chicago (6-1) for Sunday's game. He also said he was upset they lost to the Colts 19-13 in overtime.

"I want to win man," Cook said. "That's the big thing. I want to go to the playoffs for once. I just want to win games."

The Titans haven't reached the playoffs since 2008, months before they selected the 6-foot-5, 248-pound Cook in the third round of the 2009 draft. Asked if winning matters, Cook said that's what the game is about.

"We're not here to lose," Cook said. "We're here to win as many games as we can to make it to the playoffs and make it the best season we can. Winning is huge ... If we're losing, we'd be nobodies. So if we were winning, we'd be everything. Winning is huge."

The tight end is in the last year of his contract, and the Titans fell to 3-5 with the loss to the Colts. He was on the field for 25 of the Titans' 59 offensive snaps with three catches for 45 yards in the loss.

He ranks second in the AFC for yards receiving by a tight end since the start of the 2011 season with 1,132 yards on 77 catches, and he is averaging 14.7 yards per catch. But he has been on the field for 48 percent or fewer offensive snaps in four of Tennessee's eight games this season.

Cook said he was happy with his role in the offense, and Munchak said Cook has been good this week.

"Every week there are a lot of plays that he has an opportunity to make, a lot of plays," Munchak said. "This is a game where if they are going to take away the run, him and the other receivers are going to have an opportunity to be a big part of this game. He's been great, he's been good all year, working hard in practice. Everything is real good there."

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