After four mostly disappointing and injury-prone seasons in Tennessee, Jake Locker is a free agent who will have to find work elsewhere. Philadelphia could be the spot.
At least, it will be according to a player agent who told NJ.com that there will be interest from Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in acquiring Locker in free agency. According to the report, that agent is not Locker’s agent but does have another quarterback who’s a free agent this year, and so he’s already begun looking at the quarterback market.
Locker would be highly unlikely to challenge for a starting job in Philadelphia or anywhere else, but he could make sense as a backup to Nick Foles if Mark Sanchez, who is also a free agent, departs this offseason. Locker may be a better fit for the kind of offense Kelly runs than Sanchez is.
The NJ.com story notes that Kelly would have some familiarity with Locker from their days in the same college conference, although that wouldn’t necessarily be a positive: Washington and Oregon played four times when Locker was at Washington and Kelly was at Oregon, and Oregon won all four games, with Locker playing poorly in three of the games and missing the fourth with an injury. So Kelly’s first-hand experience with Locker probably isn’t enough to make Kelly think Locker is a good player.
Last season Locker started five games for the Titans and had a career-low passer rating of 70.9. He could use a fresh start with a coach who has a knack for getting the most out of quarterbacks, and Kelly could be that coach.