After an unexpectedly good 2008 season, Kerry Collins signed a two-year, $14 million contract to remain in Tennessee as the starter. After an unexpectedly bad 2009 season, Collins is due to earn a base salary of $5.5 million to serve as the backup to Vince Young.
Collins doesn’t believe that his high rate of pay will get him, to borrow Billy Devaney’s term, poopcanned.
“I got the indication, from what [coach] Jeff [Fisher] said, that they want me
here and the money is not a problem,” Collins told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “So I am
looking forward to being here. I would like to be starting, but that is
kind of the way it is. . . .
“Every indication I have gotten from them is that I am going to be here
and I am going off of what Jeff has said publicly: money is not a
problem. I trust him and I am going to move forward from there.”
Collins is right, but not necessarily because of his own abilities. The last time the Titans entered the season with Young as the starter, Young had a Week One meltdown. So, basically, Fisher wants Collins on that bench. He needs Collins on that bench.