Report: First-rounder Jake Locker signs with Titans
|07.29.11 at 1:50 pm ET|
Just as news was breaking that Vince Young was leaving Tennessee for Philadelphia, the Titans appear to have officially signed Young’s heir apparent to the signal-calling position. According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Titans inked first-round pick Jake Locker to a four-year deal worth more than $12 million.
Locker threw for 2,265 yards for Washington last season to go along with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 385 yards and six scores. He was thought to be the best quarterback in the 2010 draft had he decided to enter, but instead the Washington native decided to return to the Huskies for his senior year. When the Titans selected him eighth overall in the 2011 draft, the pick came as somewhat of a surprise as many had thought Locker’s stock had dropped to perhaps a mid-to-late first round pick.
Schefter notes that under the new collective bargaining agreement, where rookie wages have been slashed dramatically, potential rookie holdouts are becoming “irrelevant,” meaning more and more first-round picks should sign in the coming days rather than sit and wait for more money.