The Titans won’t pick up the fifth-year option on Jake Locker‘s contract, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. The news isn’t unexpected given Locker’s injury troubles and the cost of the fifth-year option. As a quarterback taken in the top ten of the 2011 draft, picking up Locker’s 2015 option would have cost Tennessee $14.666MM as shown in PFR’s Fifth-Year Option Tracker.
Locker, who is coming off of foot surgery in November, has a lot to prove in 2014. The 25-year-old (26 in July) missed 14 of a possible 32 starts over the past two seasons because of injuries. His record as a starter is 8-10 with 15 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.
Locker won’t be the only top ten QB from the 2011 class who won’t have his option exercised. Missouri product Blaine Gabbert, now with the 49ers, will not be retained for $14.666MM. Top selection Cam Newton, on the other hand, has had his option exercised by the Panthers.