Tennessee Titans won't pick up Jake Locker's option


Jake Locker is officially playing for his future in Tennessee.

As expected, the Titans won't exercise the quarterback's fifth-year option, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. The team has yet to make an official announcement, but their decision comes as little surprise considering the roughly $14.6 million pricetag Locker would have been owed in 2015. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean first reported the news. 

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Rapoport reported in December that Tennessee didn't plan to pull the trigger, which would have guaranteed Locker's salary in case of injury. Durability, of course, has been a pressing issue for the fourth-year passer after he missed 14 games over the past two seasons.

Coming off foot surgery, Locker still has a chance to win over the front office with just Charlie Whitehurst and Tyler Wilson as his competition. The Titans, though, are a dark horse to draft a passer in next week's draft.

What they do in May will tell us plenty about how new coach Ken Whisenhunt really feels about Locker's chances to evolve into a franchise passer. Of course, bypassing his option already speaks volumes about the pressue this young quarterback is under in Nashville.

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