What a difference a few weeks can make. At the beginning of the 2013 season, Jake Locker seemed like he was finally turning into the quarterback the Tennessee Titans thought he would be. Then the QB was taken out with a nasty hip injury and initially it was thought he would miss the rest of the season. But the QB fought hard and returned just a few short weeks later. However, the injury bug would again bite Locker in week 10, and now he’s facing the possibility of lisfranc surgery.
As promising as 2013 once seemed for the 25-year old, he’s now out and the shelf with his future in question.
Reports have recently come out that state the Titans may not be sold on Locker anymore. They were no doubt fully on board after his hot start this season, but two serious injuries later, they’re staring to have second thoughts. You can’t blame them for thinking that way from an injury perspective, but there’s also a financial aspect to this as well. If the Titans were to pick up the fifth-year option on Locker’s contract, they would owe him about $15 million in 2015. That’s a ton of money for a guy with a history of getting hurt.
Now with the Titans likely out of the AFC playoff picture, the front office folks are no doubt hard at work trying to figure out an action plan for the future. Will they look back to the draft this May to try and find another franchise QB? It’s seeming more and more likely that they will.