This year hasn’t gone as Kerry Collins planned, to put it mildly.
He re-signed with Tennessee as the team’s starter, but lost his job after the Titans lost their first six games. Due $5.5 million next season, Collins would like to return to the Titans, even if its in a different role.
“It is obviously at this point a backup role. So the question goes to:
Do they want to pay me as much as they owe me to be a backup? And that
is only a question they can answer,” Collins told Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean.
Collins answered the question on his own later, after making it clear how much he loves Tennessee and playing for Jeff Fisher.
“I am supposed to make a pretty good chunk of change next year, so I
can’t imagine they are going to pay me that kind of money to be a
backup. I have no plans to retire.”
The question then becomes: Will Collins take substantially less to return as a backup to Tennessee? He is a good fit for Mike Heimerdinger’s system, and it seems unlikely there will be a bidding war for his services.
Collins could also be signed as leverage in case the Titans plan to adjust Vince Young’s contract. Young is due $11.75 million next year, including a $4.25 million bonus in March.