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Expect the Tennessee Titans to be looking for a quarterback in the draft

The Tennessee Titans have until Saturday to pick up the fifth year option for quarterback Jake Locker, and it sounds like the Titans will not exercise the option. 

According to the Tennessean, the Titans won’t exercise the fifth-year option on Jake Locker’s contract, which means the quarterback will be playing for his future in Tennessee this season. The decision, which hasn’t been announced by the team but was communicated by sources familiar with the situation, comes as no surprise. Locker has a history of injuries and the option is expensive.

According to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, such options pay the top 10 picks the average of the top 10 players at their respective position. For quarterbacks, that figure is roughly $14.6 million. Another concern for the Titans: in the event of an injury, the option becomes guaranteed.

I would expect the Titans to draft a quarterback in the draft. In my latest mock draft I have the Titans selecting Blake Bortles with the 11th pick. This could be a real possibility, especially since the Titans have now turned cheek on Locker. 

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