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Whisenhunt roots for eventual Locker contract dilemma

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Good problems to have remain problems.  And Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt currently hopes that the team will have a full-blown problem after the 2014 season.

With the Titans opting not to pick up the fifth-year option on fourth-year quarterback Jake Locker, the team’s current starter enters a contract year.  And Whisenhunt hopes that Locker plays well enough to put the team in a delicate spot when it comes to extending his stay.

I hope so,’’ Whisenhunt tells Peter King of TheMMQB.com regarding whether Locker is the team’s quarterback of the future.  “I feel good about what I see out here [in practice].  But you’re not getting hit out here either.  The question is, can you do all the right things when you’re about to get hit?”

For Locker, the question also is, can you get up after you get hit?

For the Titans, the question could become whether they’re willing to take a hit in the range of $17 million for 2015 if Locker plays well enough in 2014 to make the Titans want to keep him, since that would in turn create a market for his services elsewhere?  With the Titans unwilling to commit $14.66 million on an injury-only basis for 2015, it could be hard to cough up even more money if the light finally comes on for Locker.

Of course, it’s possible that the Titans already have concluded that Locker is merely the quarterback of the present, and that Whisenhunt doesn’t want to undermine that reality by saying, “No.  We’re done with the guy after this season.”

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18 Responses to “Whisenhunt roots for eventual Locker contract dilemma”
  1. floratiotime says: Aug 11, 2014 10:32 AM

    Either way they’ll have a problem. Your wish is granted.

  2. ctiggs says: Aug 11, 2014 10:34 AM

    If its more than a White Castle burger w/o cheese, then they will overpay. #TheHurtLocker #goNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter.

  3. rebosprj says: Aug 11, 2014 10:56 AM

    Locker is a CFL qb at best

  4. darthtitan says: Aug 11, 2014 11:08 AM

    Locker is going to shock alot of people this year. If you watched the games he played in last year his accuracy was not an issue.

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 11, 2014 11:19 AM

    17 mil for Locker?! oh my Lord. what has he done to earn that $

  6. huskywolverine says: Aug 11, 2014 11:34 AM

    I’m a Washington fan, and I can objectively say that Locker is NOT a NFL QB. He ran the freakin’ Wing-T in High School for crying out loud. At Washington, he couldn’t hit a barn if it was next to him, and he is a one-read pass guy. After he left, the next man up (Keith Price), who wasn’t even drafted, ended up setting nearly every Husky QB record (with the same coaching staff and similar talent around him).

    Jake is an amazing athlete, but so is Michael Vick. If you can’t complete 60% of your passes in your college career, it is going to be hard to be a successful NFL QB (Favre is one of the few exceptions).

  7. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 11, 2014 11:38 AM

    Based on what’s been going on under Whisenhunt, the bar has certainly been raised for Locker. This won’t be a season where he merely needs to show he can stay healthy and stay on the improving pace he was on last year. He’ll have to make a serious jump in his game–primarily because the system Whisenhunt has installed is far more complex than Dowell Loggains’ system.

    That said, I’m optimistic Locker can do it. I’ve never seen a Titan QB work as hard as he does–including my all-time favorite, Steve McNair.

  8. bubbybrisket says: Aug 11, 2014 11:39 AM

    Remember when Buffalo gave Ryan Fitzpatrick that six year, $59 million contract in 2011?

    Giving Locker a $17 million contract tops that…lol.

  9. bamafan1973 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:22 PM

    Locker cannot stay healthy for a complete season: never has, never will. At $17 million for a reup on the contract, sorry, Jake, but better move along. He, and his backups played in inclimate weather, except Jake played with the 1st string team, and still looks his normal self (bad). Not a Locker fan, wish him well, but history is NOT on his side, nor is a solid performance. Hopefully, Titans can improve enough so that my PSL’s are not in the financial septic tank forever!

  10. aldavis4president says: Aug 11, 2014 12:42 PM

    Locker is not a franchise qb, but he isn’t a back up either. I feel you can build a solid team around him And he’ll succeed. kinda like Joe flacco or Carson Palmer. He was playing great last season before he got hurt, again.

  11. titansbro says: Aug 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    huskywolverine says: Aug 11, 2014 11:34 AM

    I’m a Washington fan, and I can objectively say that Locker is NOT a NFL QB. He ran the freakin’ Wing-T in High School for crying out loud. At Washington, he couldn’t hit a barn if it was next to him, and he is a one-read pass guy. After he left, the next man up (Keith Price), who wasn’t even drafted, ended up setting nearly every Husky QB record (with the same coaching staff and similar talent around him).

    Jake is an amazing athlete, but so is Michael Vick. If you can’t complete 60% of your passes in your college career, it is going to be hard to be a successful NFL QB (Favre is one of the few exceptions).

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    Well my friend, you simply don’t know what you’re talking about. Locker had something like 46 dropped passes his senior season at UW. For comparison, Luck that year had 17. But those still count against your completion percentage. If he had only 17 his completion percentage would have been right on par with Luck’s. Not saying he’s Andrew Luck (I know you morons like to make that leap), but his accuracy is an overblown issue. His health? Well that’s a different issue.

  12. rascalmanny says: Aug 11, 2014 12:49 PM

    Locker will be a fantastic backup player for another team next year.

  13. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Aug 11, 2014 2:53 PM

    Is there a single PFT reader who doesn’t read MMQB? Do we need the rehashing?

  14. cybersqueak says: Aug 11, 2014 2:58 PM

    To everyone commenting on Locker getting paid $17 Million, did you read the article above? Locker is NOT being paid that amount. That amount comes from the writer speculating future market value for a starting caliber QB. If you can’t comprehend what you read, then do not comment on something you don’t understand. That being said, Locker WILL earn that much next year, if not more. This is his year! #TitanUp

  15. JackedUpSports says: Aug 11, 2014 3:24 PM

    Mariota or Winston will be wearing a Titans jersey next year.

    Problem solved

  16. jagsfanugh says: Aug 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    2011 will be remembered as a lousy year to draft a qb in the 1st round. They all are hot garbage.

  17. tngilmer says: Aug 12, 2014 3:28 PM

    Last year should have been Locker’s last year as a Titan. This certainly will be and good riddance.

  18. grice208 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:40 AM

    Locker will not be the QB next year. Zach Mettenberger will be the starter next season. If Locker gets hurt this season, then Mettenberger will take over this season and will given the chance to prove he can be the guy and that the Titans don’t need to draft another QB.

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