The Titans haven’t moved on from Chris Johnson yet, though it seems clear they want to.
But it appears they’re willing to roll the dice on Jake Locker for one more year, but maybe just one more.
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean, the Titans are unlikely to pick up the fifth-year option on Locker’s rookie deal, which would cost $13 million for 2015.
Team CEO Tommy Smith had previously expressed confidence in Locker, but that appears to be a short-term proposal.
With a new coach coming in who didn’t draft Locker, the rope will be short. If he performs well this year, they’ll still have a chance to secure his services for the future.
But if they don’t use the reasonably priced option (at least compared for a franchise tag), then it’s clear this is the last make-or-break year for a talented player who has struggled to stay on the field.