In a year of promising rookie quarterbacks, Jake Locker was the forgotten man.
The No. 8 overall pick in the draft looked a lot further along than expected when he got a chance to play, but he didn’t get a lot of chances to play because starter Matt Hasselbeck stayed mostly healthy and effective.
Locker should have a better opportunity to see the field next season.
“It wouldn’t be fair to tell Jake Locker he wouldn’t have an opportunity to play next year, that he was going to sit for another season,” coach Mike Munchak said via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “I don’t think Matt would want to hear that either. I think they are both competitive in that way.”
Munchak said the decision will play out in camp and be “obvious” by the time next season starts. But it won’t be an easy call.
Hasselbeck played well the last two games and is a team leader. Locker is likely to develop in his first full offseason.
This is what you call a good problem, especially compared to where the Titans were a year ago. Hasselbeck is only due $5.5 million next year, so the team can easily afford to keep both players.