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Draft Scout Jake Locker News
03/10/15 - QB Jake Locker, the eighth overall pick by the Titans in 2011, announced he will retire after just four NFL seasons.
Locker's history of injuries that began during his three seasons at the University of Washington continued into the NFL, and he started just 23 games over four seasons. He signed a four-year, $12 million contract as a rookie, and was set to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday.
"I am retiring from football after much reflection and discussion with my family," Locker said in a statement Tuesday. "I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NFL and for the lifelong relationships I developed because of that experience.
"Football has always played a pivotal role in my life and I love the game, but I no longer have the burning desire necessary to play the game for a living; to continue to do so would be unfair to the next organization with whom I would eventually sign. I realize this decision is surprising to many, but I know in my heart that it is the right decision and I look forward to spending more time with my family and pursuing other interests."
Locker started five of seven games he appeared in as a rookie, primarily serving as a backup to Matt Hasselbeck. Locker was named the Titans' starter entering the 2012 season, but he tore a muscle in his non-throwing shoulder on Sept. 30. He returned to the lineup Nov. 9, and finished the season with 2,176 passing yards and 10 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in 11 starts.
Locker opened the season as the starter again in 2013, but suffered a hip injury on Sept. 29 and then a season-ending Lisfranc injury on Nov. 10 and was limited to just seven games.
Entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2014, Locker again was named the starter coming out of training camp. However, he was benched on Oct. 22 and eventually placed on injured reserve Dec. 14, finishing the season with five starts in seven appearances and t
03/08/15 - QB Jake Locker, unrestricted FA update, saw injuries ruin his career with the Titans, as he simply could not stay healthy. Since Ken Whisenhunt inherited him with one year left on his contract in 2014, it was easy for him to move in a different direction once he decided Locker wasn't his guy.
12/15/14 - QB Jake Locker's four-year run with the Tennessee Titans is likely over.
Locker was placed on injured reserve with a left shoulder injury suffered on Sunday against the Jets and is scheduled to have surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday.
When Locker was drafted with the eighth overall pick in 2011, the Titans viewed him as a franchise quarterback and a refreshing change from his predecessor, Vince Young, because Locker had the intangibles and the work ethic and the leadership qualities that proved to be Young's downfall both with the Titans and in the league. He was the hand-picked choice of then-coach Mike Munchak and soon-to-be general manager Ruston Webster, who had a heavy say in the 2011 draft as Mike Reinfeldt was promoted to team president later that offseason.
But for all his good qualities, Locker's own downfall was his inability to stay healthy. He came to the Titans with a bit of that reckless reputation that left him banged up and injured during his days at the University of Washington. As a rookie, Locker sat and learned from veteran Matt Hasselbeck and mostly stayed out of harm's way that year.
But when he was named the starter in 2012, that is when his troubles began. He suffered a shoulder injury in his first game as a starter, trying to make a tackle after an interception against the Patriots. Later that year, he failed to account for a blitzer against the Texans and worsened the injury, missed five games, and then returned later that season.
The 11 games played by Locker that season proved to be a career-high for his tenure in Tennessee.
In 2013, Locker was back as the starter, but then suffered a hip injury against the Jets that cost him two games. When he returned, he then suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot and played in only seven games.
Locker's future was up in the air when the Titans made sweeping changes this year, hiring Ken Whisenhunt has head coach. And while the Titans declined Locker's 2015 option of more th
12/14/14 - QB Jake Locker (left shoulder) departed with 1:58 left in the first half after taking a hard hit from DE Quinton Coples. Locker has unsuccessfully battled injuries in his four NFL seasons, especially this year behind a leaky offensive line. His status for Thursday night's game in Jacksonville is uncertain.
12/01/14 - QB Jake Locker struggled in replacing Zach Mettenberger. Locker's first pass was intercepted and he had another interception and fumbled on a sack before finishing the game with a touchdown pass in mop-up duty.