Report: Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt Prefers To Trade No. 2 Pick For Veteran QB Like Philip Rivers


According to Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report, the Titans are considering three scenarios in regards to the No. 2 overall pick.

Cole mentions that the first scenario is to see if they can acquire a veteran quarterback and trade out of the No. 2 spot.

The second would be to draft a young quarterback at No. 2 such as Oregon’s Marcus Mariota that they can develop in the coming years.

The other option is, of course, to take best available player, even if it’s not a quarterback. Cole says that if the Titans were to remain at No. 2 and address a different position, they would likely go with USC DL Leonard Williams.

In regards to possibly trading the pick, Cole lists the Jets, Redskins, Browns, Eagles, and Rams as the teams still considering the idea trading up for a quarterback.

Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt would reportedly prefer to go with an older, established quarterback with his No. 1 choice being Chargers QB Philip Rivers, according to Cole.

There’s an obvious connection between Whisenhunt and Rivers, seeing as he was the Chargers’ offensive coordinator before taking the Titans’ head-coaching job. Cole points to the fact that Whisenhunt had success working with Kurt Warner in Arizona as one of the main reasons why he his preference would be to go with a veteran quarterback.

This isn’t the first time Rivers has been connected to the Titans, as previous reports have said that he could be made available.

However, the Chargers have maintained that they plan to keep Rivers, even though they aren’t close to an agreement on a long-term extension. Rivers has said that he plans to play out the season before addressing his contract.

Rivers, 33, is entering the final year of his seven-year, $98.25 million contract that included $38.15 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $15.57 million for the 2015 season.

Despite dealing with some injuries last  year, Rivers was able to put together another solid season for the Chargers in which he threw for 4,286 yards while completing 66.5 percent of his passes to go along with 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.

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