Pressure's on Jake... - 04/30/14
At least that certainly how it appears, especially now that the Titans won't exercise the option on Jake Locker's contract. The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reporting that today.
According to Wyatt, the decision "comes as no surprise." While that may be the case, it certainly serves as a warning to Locker that this season is make or break for the Titans starting quarterback. Not that he didn't have a pretty good idea that's the case already. After all, number-10 has had a history of injuries. And the option is pricey. 14.6 million dollars pricey. That's the average of the top-10 players at his position for players picked in the top-10. Locker will make a little over 2-million this season, a relative bargain.
I don't believe the Titans want to get rid of Jake. He's well-liked by teammates, coaches and the front-office from what I can tell. He works hard and he's a leader. That being said, Locker's only started 18 of a possible 32 games. His record as a starter is 8-10. Number-10's thrown 15-touchdowns. 22 interceptions. That's not good enough, especially for a team that appears to have plenty of young weapons on the offensive side of the ball. And aspirations of playing in the post-season.
Jake will have ample opportunity to prove that he's "The Man" for the men in two-toned blue moving forward. But the pressure's on.