Updating the previous post, The Tennessean now reports that former UW quarterback Jake Locker and the Titans have agreed to a four-year contract worth more than $12 million, with an option for a fifth year (here’s more on his deal).
That means Locker will be on the field Saturday for the first practice of camp — players officially report today.
The NFL’s new CBA has put a severe dent on the contracts for rookies and Locker is no exception.
Chris Sprow of ESPN Tweeted that Locker is likely getting less than half of what he would have had he come out a year ago — Sprow writes Locker might have gotten as much as $37 million a year ago.
If you recall, it was that very scenario that some theorized back in Dec., 2009 might help push Locker to leave a year early.
But Locker has always maintained he knew that could happen but didn’t really care, that money was not at the core of his decision to return. That instead, being able to maximize his college experience and better prepare himself for the NFL — among other things — were more important.
For now, that part of the story is over and Locker can officially begin his NFL career.