The Titans gathered for the start of their offseason workout program on Monday and quarterback Jake Locker delivered some good news about his recovery from foot surgery.
Locker declared himself ahead of schedule in rehab when meeting with reporters in Nashville and, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, said that he plans to throw some passes in the coming weeks. Being cleared for May OTAs remains Locker’s goal and it sounds like he has a decent chance of reaching it given the current trajectory of his rehab.
That’s a good thing for Locker because he acknowledged that this is shaping up to be a make or break year for him. The Titans have given no indication that they plan to pick up the fifth-year option on Locker’s contract, which would leave him as a free agent at the end of the 2014 season. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has said that the team is going to look at quarterbacks heading into the draft, though, and that suggests Locker’s feeling about the stakes for this season are well founded.
Should Locker remain healthy and play well, his future will look bright whether he’s in Tennessee or somewhere else. Anything else will leave things looking much murkier for the 2011 first-round pick.