NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans will not exercise the 2015 option for the fifth year of quarterback Jake Locker’s contract, according to reports.
The deadline for NFL teams to pick up fifth-year options for players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft is Saturday. If options are taken on players drafted among the top 10 that year (Locker was drafted No. 8 overall in 2011), they will receive a 2015 salary that is the average of the top-10 salaries from players at their position. That would place Locker’s 2015 salary at $14.6 million, including being fully guaranteed if he’s injured and can’t play. In what is now the final year of his contract, Locker will make $2.019 million in 2014.
Locker and Titans general manager Ruston Webster were unavailable for comment on Thursday.
But the move comes as no surprise, considering Locker has missed 14 of 32 starts the past two seasons because of injuries, including nine last season.
Titans first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt did not address Locker’s contract situation today at the close of a three-day minicamp, but did comment on his progress recovering from foot surgery last November that caused him to miss the last seven games of last season.
“That’s the projection,” Whisenhunt said of having Locker at full speed by the team’s first organized team activities session later in the month. “I’m hopeful that when we start OTAs that he’ll be able to practice. That’s the schedule.”
Locker participated in individual drills this week, but stepped aside during team drills that were led by backups Charlie Whitehurst and Tyler Wilson.