Nov 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) drops back into the pocket against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at LP Field. The Jaguars beat the Titans 29-27. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tennessee Titans to Decline Jake Locker 2015 Option

Report: Tennessee Titans to Decline Jake Locker 2014 Option

Nov 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Titans defeated the Rams 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone who has followed this situation should expect this. Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker enters his fourth NFL season coming off a Lisfranc injury. Injuries have kept him from completing anything close to an entire regular season.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that while the team hasn’t announced its decision, sources indicate that it’s a certainty that they won’t accept Locker’s fifth-year option. Doing so would mean that as a former 2011 top-1o pick, he’d average among the top 10 players at his respective position. Quarterbacks make roughly $14.6 million.

The Titans can’t logically pay approximately $15 million to a quarterback who hasn’t proven that he can remain healthy. They can use a franchise tag or transition tag once he becomes a free agent following the 2014-15 season. This may or may not increase the likelihood that the team uses a draft pick on a quarterback. It all depends on how they feel of the quarterbacks who fall to them at any certain position of the draft. It may also depend on how they feel about Tyler Wilson as a development project.

Will Locker thrive in his upcoming make-or-break campaign? Staying healthy could mean the difference between a six-digit backup job or a contracts worth tens-of-millions in guaranteed salary.

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