While Titans wait on veteran, Locker's first

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jake Locker was the first player to arrive at the Titans headquarters Tuesday, a symbolic move that was significant for a team and a town eager to move on at quarterback.

At the same time, the Titans likely began making calls on free agents starting with Matt Hasselbeck, believed to be the top target for a team that desires a veteran quarterback to play ahead of Locker and help groom him.

“He’s a great guy, he’s smart, he’s eager to learn, eager to be here, ready to do whatever he can and get going on things,” left tackle Mike Roos said.

Punter Brett Kern said very early in the day he’d already seen Locker and third stringer Rusty Smith walking through the building holding thick playbooks.

Whoever is playing quarterback for Tennessee will be relying on a breakthrough season for tight end Jared Cook.

“It’s always good to learn under vets,” Cook said. “I learned under a vet (Alge Crumpler) and I think everyone at their position learns under a vet. I think it’s good to always have a vet’s experienced to help with the younger guys and also lead the team on the field.”

Cook hasn’t spent time pondering the veteran options.

“How can that benefit me?” he asked. “I’ve got to meet the guy, I’ve got to kind of delve deep into what he’s going for, we have to click kind of physically together.”