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Coach Mike Munchak stopped short Monday of endorsing Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery, I.R.) as the Titans' 2014 quarterback.
Munchak said he "still believes" in Locker moving forward, but "all things will be considered" when evaluating the future of Tennessee's quarterback position. Locker finished the regular season with an 8:4 TD-to-INT ratio as a passer with a career-best 60.7 completion rate. He still isn't enough of a finished product for Munchak to endorse as more than a 2014 competitor to start.
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Titans aren't expected to pick up Jake Locker's $13 million club option in 2015.
Locker has a minuscule $2.09 million salary for 2014, but teams exercising the fifth-year option for a top-ten draft pick have to pay him a salary equal to the NFL transition tag. The Titans are going to be in the market for a quarterback after the season. Locker can't stay healthy and has been up-and-down as a pro. Rapoport expects the Titans to go after Jay Cutler.
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Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) is expected to require 5-6 months to "completely heal."
Coach Mike Munchak believes Locker could be ready for the Titans' offseason program. "(Jake) heals a little different than other people, but we assume he'll be able to do something this spring," Munchak said. "I'm sure it's something that will be adjusted as he goes through the rehab process." Munchak fully expects Locker to be ready for training camp. At least for now, it appears Locker will be returning as the Titans' starting quarterback.
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Titans placed QB Jake Locker on injured reserve with a right Lisfranc injury, ending his season.
Locker will likely undergo surgery in the near future. This is Locker's first trip to injured reserve, but means he'll have appeared in just 18 of a possible 32 games since the start of last season. Locker took an undeniable step forward this year, but did so in a vanilla offense. The Titans appeared loath to put much on their third-year quarterback's plate. In addition to being injury prone, Locker remains extremely streaky as a passer. He'll likely be back as the Titans' starter next season, but that could change for an organization that might undergo sweeping changes in the offseason.
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The Titans hold a 2015 option on Jake Locker's contract.
Locker will be back in 2014 for the final year of his rookie deal at $2.09 million. But the Titans have to decide by May 3, 2014 if they'll exercise a fifth-year option. As noted by the Nashville Tennessean, teams exercising the fifth-year option for a top-10 pick have to pay him a salary equal to the NFL transition tag. That would mean the Titans would have to pay Locker $13.068 million in 2015. Given his uneven play on the field and myriad of injuries, it's almost impossible to see this option getting picked up.
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A source tells ESPN that the Titans are 99 percent certain Jake Locker (foot) is out for the season.
The Titans fear Locker sustained a Lisfranc injury that could require surgery. Further testing Monday is expected to confirm those suspicions. It leaves the 4-5 Titans with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter and Rusty Smith as the backup going forward. Locker, who missed five games last year due to two shoulder injuries and then two more this year due to a hip injury, is earning an injury-prone label. His rookie contract expires after next season.
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According to the Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, "indications are" Jake Locker's right foot injury could be season ending.
A source tells Wyatt the Titans fear a Lisfranc injury and surgery "is a possibility." If so, it'll end another up-and-down tease of a season for Locker, who is now a third-year pro. He's been maddeningly streaky dating back to his days at the University of Washington and continued that trend into 2013. An MRI will likely be performed either late Sunday or Monday. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to be Tennessee's quarterback the rest of the way.