The winds of change are swirling in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Titans are not expected to pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jake Locker for 2015, which would pay him $13 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning."
The decision to decline the extra year for the young but injury-prone Locker will put the Titans in the quarterback market this offseason.
There are doubts the Bears will want to pay Cutler like a franchise quarterback and could part ways with the 30-year-old signal-caller. The former Vanderbilt Commodore still has a house in the Nashville area, and he is thought to be interested in a return to Tennessee, according to Rapoport.
It's early in the game, but the Titans have Cutler on their radar, Silver and Rapoport said.
This is the reason franchise quarterbacks don't often hit the open market. The bidding war between quarterback-needy teams (see: Texans, Houston as well) could get out of hand if the Bears don't place the franchise tag on Cutler.
One other Titan who is likely to hit the road is Chris Johnson.
Silver said that CJ2K is "almost certainly gone after this season" as the Titans remake their roster.
Johnson has been a huge disappointment the last several seasons after receiving a contract in 2011. The Titans likely are heading toward other options to replace their once 2,000-yard runner.