Recent first round draft pick Jake Locker and veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will compete for the starting position next season, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak told the Tennessean.
“It wouldn’t be fair to tell Jake Locker he wouldn’t have an opportunity to play next year, that he was going to sit for another season,” Munchak said. “I don’t think Matt would want to hear that either. I think they are both competitive in that way. I think when the time comes, just like it was this past year, that Matt was the guy that was most ready to help us win, I think the same decision will be made next year.”
Hasselbeck, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract with the club last offseason posted an 82.4 quarterback rating while throwing for 3,571 yards. The 36-year-old veteran went to three Pro Bowls for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2000’s.
Locker was drafted by the Titans with the No. 8 pick in last year’s NFL draft to be the club's quarterback of the future. The Titans finished just outside of the playoffs this season with a 9-7 record. They were the only team in the NFL this season to finish with an above .500 record and fail to reach the playoffs.