Chris Johnson, Jake Locker could be jettisoned by Titans

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple reports indicating franchise cornerstones could be gone in 2014, making life in Nashville very interesting.

The Tennessee Titans appear to be on the verge of a full-scale rebuild. Reports on Sunday indicate the team could part ways with running back Chris Johnson and search for a new quarterback by not picking up Jake Locker's option.

Mike Silver of the NFL Network said Sunday that Johnson is "almost certainly" gone following the 2013 season. He is entering the third year of a $55 million contract signed in 2011, and is a poised to have the worst season of his career after running for 774 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. Head coach Mike Munchak attempted to turn the Titans into a run-first power team, but he is on the hot seat himself and it's unclear whether the team will retain him in 2014.

That's not the only news out of Tennessee.

Injuries derailed the first three years of Jake Locker's career, and it seems the Titans aren't interested in waiting for their 2011 first round pick to get healthy. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the team is not expected to pick up a $13 million option to keep Locker through 2015, putting them in play for a new quarterback.

It seemed Locker had finally put it all together in 2013. The third-year quarterback threw for 1,256 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games, leading the team to a 4-3 record as a starter. Injury struck once again, with a hip injury ending Locker's season and forcing the Titans to turn to backup Ryan Fitzpatrick.

One name already on Tennessee's radar is Jay CutlerThe Chicago Bears' intentions have been unclear, and Rapoport reports the veteran quarterback is interesting in returning to the state of Tennessee, where he played college football at Vanderbilt.

The Titans face off against the Denver Broncos in Week 14, and it's unclear how the team will respond with news swirling that the team's head coach, franchise running back and starting quarterback could all be gone in a few months.

More from SB Nation NFL

Complete NFL Week 14 coverage

Texans fire Gary Kubiak

What makes Seattle’s defensive front so good?

Week 14 expert picks | Picks vs. the spread

PFT Commenter: Kirk Cousins' elite wedding registry

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.