— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) April 30, 2014
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.