Titans faced with expensive call on Locker this offseason

AP

At the moment, the Titans are still reeling from the reality that Jake Locker’s lost for the season, again.

But in the coming months, they’re going to have to face another economic reality — that they have an expensive decision to make based on scant evidence.

“It’s very disappointing. It’s hard on the team,” Munchak said of Locker’s Lisfranc injury, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “To lose him now, it is a huge blow. . . .

He’s the guy we thought would be here for a long time, and that still may work out. It’s just that right now, it’s disappointing, last year and this year, that he wasn’t able to finish this season and really find out what team we have and what kind of team we could become on offense.”

Whether he’s important enough to invest heavily in is a decision they’re going to have to make before he plays again, however.

Locker’s under contract for next season, but they have to decide by May 2014 if they’re going to exercise their fifth-year option for 2015.

To do so would lock them into a year at the average of the top 10 highest-paid players at his position. This year, that would be $13.068 million.

“I think that’s stuff we’ll talk about when the season is over and you have to make decisions on the next season, . . . That’s a nice February discussion,” Munchak said. “He is a fighter, and if anyone can come back from another injury, it is going to be him. We are just concentrating on these next seven weeks.”

The problem is, the time he’s away will complicate the decision.

They’re going to have to effectively decide how much future to invest in based on just 18 starts, and 23 appearances. He will have missed 14 of a possible 32 starts the last two seasons because of a myriad of injury problems.

So while they think he’s tough, and mobile, and a leader, he’s also about to get very expensive.

17 responses to “Titans faced with expensive call on Locker this offseason

  1. It’s actually not that hard. Don’t pick up his option. See how he plays in 2014. If he has a good year, extend him. If not (or he gets hurt again) then let him go to free agency.

  2. Jake showed me enough this season, that all my concerns about him have been shed except one big one. His accuracy improved dramatically–now throwing with an over 60% completion percentage, twice as many touchdown passes as interceptions and a surge in both passer rating and total QBR. (I would be even happier if perfectly thrown bombs to receivers like Kenny Britt and Justin Hunter hadn’t been dropped.)

    His decision making has also shown tremendous improvement … looking to pass instead of run when pushed out of the pocket, making good reads and throwing to his best option, safe placement of his passes, etc. But the one major concern left? Like Matthew Stafford did, he’ll need to prove his early injury-prone seasons were not indicators of the player he would later become. … The jury is still out.

  3. Not difficult at all. He can’t stay healthy and when he is healthy he just isn’t that good. Sometimes you just need to cut your losses.

  4. This is an easy call……..do not exercise the option. I am hard pressed to even see a scenario where the Titans seriously consider exercising the option.

  5. mc1439 said: “Matt Schaub was never the same after that injury. Just sayin’.”

    Seriously? Immediately after recovering from his Lisfranc surgery, Schaub had one of his very best seasons statistically and went on to get his first playoff win. I mean, dude, that was just last year!!

  6. I hate to say it, ’cause I’ve been rooting for the guy, but if he can’t play a whole season they may have to get somebody else. I’m not questioning his toughness or anything, ’cause it may just be bad luck, but if he can’t stay healthy the Titans need to get a guy who can.

    He was so impressive at the beginning of the season, too…

  7. @tennesseeoilers says:
    Nov 12, 2013 11:37 AM
    mc1439 said: “Matt Schaub was never the same after that injury. Just sayin’.”

    Seriously? Immediately after recovering from his Lisfranc surgery, Schaub had one of his very best seasons statistically and went on to get his first playoff win. I mean, dude, that was just last year!!

    =====

    Though Schaub was good last year, out of the three seasons he played 16 games as a starter, last year was his worst statistically. He did get his first playoff win last year though.

  8. it’s not about this latest injury, it’s about ALL of the injuries. every week it’s something else. he’s no Steve McNair. he misses more than he plays, but knowing the titans brass, they’ll pay him and the Titans will be mediocre for the next 10 years.

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