Titans unlikely to keep Jake Locker after 2014 season

locker4Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker will be finishing his 4-year rookie contract with the Titans in 2014. The Titans have an option on him for the 2015 season, but they’re not likely to use it, according to the Tennessean. Locker hasn’t played well for the Titans after being drafted in the 1st round by them in 2011 [No.8] out of the University of Washington. Locker, 25, has been plagued with injury problems in his three previous seasons, and he’s not played at a high level when he’s been healthy.

The Titans have the No.11 pick in the 1st round in the 2014 draft, and they’re said to be interested in drafting one of the top 5 highest rated quarterbacks in the draft. With that pick, they have a decent chance of getting someone like AJ McCarron, Teddy Bridgewater, Jimmy Garoppolo and Aaron Murray.

“If he makes great strides, the Titans will try to re-sign him to an extension, but they need to protect themselves by developing another quarterback,” Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean said.

It looks like Locker has a chance to control his own destiny in 2014, but only if he plays at a high level that he’s not shown before in the NFL. In his three seasons with the Titans, Locker has completed 57.2 percent of his throws with a passing rating of 81. His rating isn’t that bad, to be honest.

The Chicago Bears recently gave quarterback Jay Cutler a new 7-year, $126.7 million contract, and his career passing rating is 84. The difference here is that Cutler hasn’t had nearly as many injury problems that Locker has had in his three seasons with the Titans.

Locker was playing really well in 2013 before suffering a bad foot injury that ended his season after 9 games. He had completed 60 percent of his passes. However, that was the second time that Locker had suffered an injury during the season. He had previously had a hip injury that caused him to miss several games.

If the Titans draft a quarterback in the 1st round on the first day of the NFL draft on May 8th, then it’s going to be difficult to picture them wanting to keep Locker.