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

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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.

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