With the impending departure of Jake Locker, the uncertain future of Charlie Whitehurst, and the not fully tested potential of Zach Mettenberger, there is a real need to ensure this position (above all) has the right personnel for both the short term and long term. I truly believe that if Jake Locker were to remain healthy and have a consistent offense to work within, he could be an asset to any team. The Titans have been patient, and can no longer take a chance he can possibly make it through a season.
Charlie Whitehurst is another story. He is efficient, but doesn't take enough chances. He has a passable arm, but doesn't seem to trust his receivers to make the play. When it comes down to it, I'm not sure the Titans should retain him as the backup on the depth chart, and I don't believe he will stay around for anything less.
I don't believe Jordan Palmer is even remotely on the radar for the Titans, so I won't even comment on his potential here.
Here are some potential fills for the roster at QB:
- Matt Hasselbeck - He's currently 39 years old, and just might choose this opportunity to retire in the offseason. Then again, he just might get a new 1-year deal with the Colts. I believe this would take him to the end of his career either way. I would love to re-sign him as the backup, but I don't believe he will be available or willing to deal with the Titans due to his history with the team.
- Brian Hoyer - He showed something this season and beat out "Johnny Football" as the 2014 season began. As a starter he went 7-6, 242 comp 438 att 3,326 yds 12 TDs 13 INTs. Not great numbers, but with his 6 season in the NFL he might be a capable backup to Mettenberger.
- Many other QBs are out there, but I just don't see them as a good fit or they will not be available when free agency opens. Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez, and Kyle Orton are retreads that just don't fit into the team, and Colt McCoy won't be available.
I firmly believe that Zach Mettenberger is the future of this team, but believe that we are better served with a different back-up. In addition, with the number 2 pick in the draft, I think it needs to be used to trade for more picks. So, most likely both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston will be gone after a trade out of the #2 spot. Picking up someone like Brett Hundley (UCLA) or Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) in the later rounds might be the better option.
Finally, the QB market is just full of the "has been" and "never was". Even with the fact that Wisenhunt has been portrayed as the QB guru, virtually all of these QBs should be left to another team. Now is the time to build this team through youth.