State of the Titans Roster: Quarterback

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 11: Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during play at LP Field on December 11, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Saints won, 22-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

This is going to be the first installment of a series looking at the state of the Titans roster as we head into training camp.

We start the series with the quarterback position. There will be no position debated more between now and week one than the quarterbacks. Does Jake Locker need more time to develop or should they go ahead and hand it over to him? The jury is still out on that, but the answer should become clear as the preseason plays out.

Click through the jump for a more in-depth look at the quarterbacks currently on the roster.

MATT HASSELBECK
Age: 36 (turns 37 in September)
Contract: Entering the second year of a three-year deal worth $20 million. Base salary for 2012 is $5.5 million

There are not many people who have been paying attention to the what Mike Munchak has said since the Titans first signed Hasselbeck that don't expect him to be the starter when the team breaks camp. The plan all along has been for him to play for two years before Locker takes over.

JAKE LOCKER
Age: Turns 24 in June
Contract: Entering the second year of his four-year rookie deal worth $12.58 million

Most of us would love to see Locker win the job in camp. As I said above, the plan is for him to sit again this year, but if he can show him that he has all of the fundamental issued out of the way, they will have no choice but to roll with him against the Patriots in week one. The ceiling is much higher for this offense with him under center.

RUSTY SMITH
Age: 25
Contract: Entering the third year of his rookie contract worth $1.9 million

Rusty has provided us with many, many memories, but the reality is that he just isn't an NFL quarterback.

NICK STEPHENS
AGE: 25
Contract: Signed as an undrafted free agent

Stephens comes to the Titans from Tarleton State after being run off at the University of Tennessee by Lane Kiffin. He is nothing more than a camp body.

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