QB - FA
Week 7 Outlook
Mike Garofalo reports on Twitter that NFL free agent Jake Locker has decided to retire. Locker was drafted eighth overall in 2011 by the Tennessee Titans.
Many will be shocked to hear the news of Locker's retirement at the age of 26. He was set to be one of the top free agent options at the QB position this off-season. Locker finishes his career playing in just 30 games, passing for 4,967 yards with 27 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. In his statement, Locker sites the lack of desire to play football as the reason for his unexpected retirement. His career was derailed with injuries, which could be another explanation for this outcome.
From his sources around the league, John Clayton has heard that Jake Locker prefers to stay in Tennessee, despite the fact that he'll more than likely be a backup there.
Clayton theorizes that Lockers horrid injury luck has taken a bit of his passion for the game away, which is a shame due to the fact that he's still a talented (but inconsistent) player. For fantasy purposes, Locker would be very interesting after being stashed away for few years under a QB guru such as Sean Payton, Mike McCartthy, or Jason Garrett. Locker remains interesting in fantasy, but he's irrelevant for the moment.
Tennessean.com writer Jim Wyatt reports QB Jake Locker was placed on season ending IR Monday with a separated shoulder. He finished 6-of-11 for 56 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions before he suffered the injury against the Jets. Tennessee signed QB Jordan Palmer to replace Locker on the roster.
Unfortunately it was a fitting end to Locker's season and likely career with the Titans. He has been riddled with injuries since he was drafted eighth overall in 2010. Locker started the season with high hopes when the Titans hired offensive minded head coach Ken Whisenhunt, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment for both he and Whisenhunt. Locker will attempt to comeback next season, likely with a new team through free agency.
With Zach Mettenberger out, Jake Locker will once again be the starting QB when the Titans play the Jets.
It's been an extremely tumultuous season for Locker, who doesn't look to be part of Tennessee's future plans. Fantasy owners are best advised to stay away.
QB Jake Locker was forced into action after starting QB Zach Mettenberger suffered a shoulder injury. He finished 6-of-12 passing for 91 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 45-21 loss to the Texans.
Locker's first pass attempt coming off the bench was intercepted, and he was unable to lead the Titans on the improbable comeback in Houston. He was also unable to make a case for reclaiming the starting job from Zach Mettenberger. Locker isn't a fantasy option at QB, even if Mettenberger is out of the lineup next week against the Giants.