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ESPN's Chris Mortensen told NFL Live Friday that the Titans likely wouldn't have exercised Jake Locker's fifth-year option even had Mike Munchak stayed on as head coach.

Munchak, of course, was part of the team that selected Locker with the eighth pick in the 2011 draft. It's telling that the Titans wouldn't have locked in Locker even under the coaching staff that worked with him for three full years. Locker's durability has been poor, but his on-field performance has been just as concerning. He has an 18:15 TD-to-INT ratio over the last two seasons (18 games), with a 57.9 completion rate and 6.9 YPA, absorbing 41 sacks.
Apr 18 - 4:15 PM

Titans TE Craig Stevens has agreed to a pay cut, reducing his 2014 salary from $3.4 million to $1.6 million.

Stevens had two years left on his previous deal at salaries of $3.4 million and $3.5 million. His new deal is a two-year, $5.2 million pact. Stevens, 29, is purely a blocker who caught just two passes for five yards last season.
Apr 8 - 12:49 PM

Titans signed OLB Kam Wimbley to a new three-year, $9 million contract.

It's a rare savvy move by the Titans' front office. Wimbley was due a whopping $6 million salary, so he's essentially cutting that in half on this restructured deal. 30 years old, Wimbley's role was reduced last season, but he has a chance to make a leap forward under new DC Ray Horton, who is installing a 3-4 defense. Wimbley's best position is 3-4 outside linebacker. He'll compete for snaps with Akeem Ayers, Shaun Phillips, and perhaps Derrick Morgan, though it's unclear whether Morgan will be a defensive end, or is in Horton's plans at all.
Apr 7 - 1:56 PM

Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) reiterated Monday that he's "ahead of schedule," and is "shooting" to be ready for May OTAs.

The Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt posted a TwitPic of Locker in a Nike running shoe as opposed to a walking boot. At this point, we're less concerned with Locker's foot than his on-field ability. Ex-OC Dowell Loggains had Locker playing the best football of his career before the 2013 injury, and he still didn't resemble a franchise quarterback. The coaching staff was fired and replaced by Ken Whisenhunt, who's been noncommittal on Locker as his 2014 starter.
Apr 7 - 1:35 PM

The Nashville Tennessean confirms the Titans plan to use Dexter McCluster at running back.

New coach Ken Whisenhunt is looking to form a committee around power back Shonn Greene and passing back McCluster. He's also expected to use a draft pick, possibly No. 42 overall, on a running back. McCluster hasn't been a ball-carrier since 2011 and is listed at just 5'8/170, but he can be penciled into a Danny Woodhead or Darren Sproles kind of role. How much volume McCluster gets will depend on effectiveness.
Apr 7 - 10:00 AM

The Nashville Tennessean considers Nate Washington's roster spot "safe" despite a $4.8 million base salary.

The Titans could wipe all of the $4.8 million off their cap by cutting 30-year-old Washington, but they're more likely to bring him back as a third receiver behind Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. Washington is also insurance on at-times enigmatic sophomore Hunter. Titans wideouts project to disappoint in fantasy this season as the team moves away from ex-OC Dowell Loggains' spread offense, and toward new coach Ken Whisenhunt's run-first attack.
Apr 6 - 3:42 PM

Titans GM Ruston Webster said the team was looking to add a back with "all-around ability."

The Titans are a lock to pick a running back during the draft, perhaps even as early as the second round. Arizona RB Kadeem Carey, Auburn RB Tre Mason, and West Virginia RB Charles Sims all fit the "all-around" mold and should be available in the middle rounds. Whoever the Titans choose will be given a strong opportunity to earn the better half of a split with veteran plodder Shonn Greene.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 10:58 AM

The Titans have asked DE Kamerion Wimbley to take a pay cut.

Wimbley is "mulling it over now." He's scheduled to earn $6 million in the third year of a five-year, $35 million contract but obviously isn't going to see it. If Wimbley declines, the Titans would likely release him and save $2.4 million against the cap while eating $5.4 million in dead money. The Titans' transition to a 3-4 defense is a reason for Wimbley to accept the cut and stay.
Apr 4 - 10:52 AM

Titans signed G/C Eric Olsen.

A true journeyman interior lineman, Olsen has had stints with the Broncos, Saints, Redskins and Steelers since breaking into the league in 2010. He's appeared in 17 games, including four starts for New Orleans in 2012. Olsen joins Chris Spencer as a second-stringer behind starting center Brian Schwenke and guards Andy Levitre/Chance Warmack.
Apr 3 - 11:26 AM

New coach Ken Whisenhunt plans to install a running back by committee approach this season.

We already know the identity of two members of the committee. Incumbent Shonn Greene will be the early down pounder and newly signed Dexter McCluster is going to play the passing back, Danny Woodhead role. We'd also expect the Titans to use one of their mid-round draft picks on a running back. Whisenhunt already knows Greene is not a true NFL feature back.
Apr 3 - 10:35 AM

Titans re-signed G/C Chris Spencer.

It was initially reported that Spencer, 32, was viewed as merely a fallback option for the Titans, who had three interior linemen in for visits Wednesday. Instead, GM Ruston Webster goes with a guy he knows. Spencer is purely a backup.
Apr 2 - 7:11 PM

Free agent G/C Chris Spencer is only considered a fallback plan for the Titans.

Free agent Gs Uche Nwaneri and Garrett Reynolds and G/C Eric Olsen visited the Titans on Wednesday. Tennessee is set with its starting interior unit but is in the market for capable backups. Spencer is 32 years old.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 2 - 5:42 PM

Titans CEO Tommy Smith said new coach Ken Whisenhunt "pushed hard" for Charlie Whitehurst.

Smith admitted there were "several discussions" within the organization about the backup quarterback spot. In the end, Whisenhunt won out as the Titans made the questionable move of dumping Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although Whitehurst is an expert in Whiz's system, we've seen nothing on tape to suggest he'll be able to move the ball if/when Jake Locker misses time.
Apr 2 - 10:17 AM

The Titans aren't expected to exercise Jake Locker's 2015 option.

First-round picks under the new CBA all have fifth-year options that would pay them the average salary of the ten highest-paid players at their position. Locker's 2015 option would be in the neighborhood of $14 million. It's not guaranteed, however, and it wouldn't be harmful to the Titans to pick it up. They could just release Locker at a later date. But 2014 is shaping up as a make or break year for the former No. 8 overall pick. Locker (foot) should be ready for minicamp.
Mar 30 - 11:55 AM

Titans agreed to terms with OLB Shaun Phillips, formerly of the Broncos, on a two-year, $6 million contract.

The deal includes $2.5 million guaranteed. Phillips turns 33 in May, but it's a potential bargain for the Titans, who will slide Phillips in at outside linebacker in DC Ray Horton's hybrid 3-4 defense. Phillips was far-from elite on a per-snap basis last season, but still managed 10 sacks after notching 9.5 in 2012. He'll be a productive presence on the edge in Tennessee.
Mar 27 - 5:24 PM


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