Jake Locker To Retire

Former Titans quarterback Jake Locker has decided to retire, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (Twitter links). Locker, he adds, had interest from teams this offseason. Garafolo passes along a statement from Locker (link):

I am retiring from football after much reflection and discussion with my family. I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NFL and for the lifelong relationships I developed because of that experience. Football has always played a pivotal role in my life and I love the game, but I no longer have the burning desire necessary to play the game for a living; to continue to do so would be unfair to the next organization with whom I would eventually sign. I realize this decision is surprising to many, but I know in my heart that it is the right decision and I look forward to spending more time with my family and pursuing other interests,” the statement read.

The former first-round pick has shown some flashes of talent throughout his brief career, and the 26-year-old had interest from teams, including the Eagles. The Titans, meanwhile, were not interested in a reunion. The former Tennessee playcaller never played more than 11 games in a season for Tennessee. In 2014, he was placed on IR in mid-December after suffering a shoulder injury.

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