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Kerry Collins gives up retirement, joins the Colts


Colts owner Jim Irsay wasn’t joking around about signing a veteran quarterback out from “retirement.” It’s just not the guy from Hattiesburg.

Irsay announced via Twitter that the team has agreed to terms with Kerry Collins.

We heard before last week’s Colts preseason game that Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky had to improve or risk the Colts bringing in a veteran quarterback.  They didn’t improve and now Collins is reunited with Jim Caldwell, who coached him at Penn State.  (Bill Polian also drafted Collins in Carolina.)

This is the clearest sign yet that Peyton Manning’s status for Week One is in question.  The Colts simply felt they couldn’t go into the opener with Painter as the starter, and now they have another option if Manning can’t recover from neck surgery in time.

Even if Manning gets healthy for the opener, the Colts need a fallback plan if his neck doesn’t hold up. Collins’ “retirement” can wait a year.

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73 Responses to “Kerry Collins gives up retirement, joins the Colts”
  1. dealer009 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:52 AM

    No Peyton week 1?

  2. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 10:52 AM

    What does this say about Peyton’s availability Week 1? Looks like Favre will have the consecutive starts record forever.

  3. jessieboom says: Aug 24, 2011 10:53 AM

    Crap! Just drafted the dude on Sunday, and I normally skip the top tier QB’s. Dang

  4. seneca1ss says: Aug 24, 2011 10:54 AM

    He’s the man. Overcoming alcoholism isn’t easy (especially when you’re rich)

  5. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    I love watching Peyton….There is no way, missing the entire preseason isn’t going to seriously effect the team…Even for one of the greatest of all time. Although, your backups will probably look like Peyton against my Bengals next week….jus sayin…WHO DEY

  6. homelanddefense says: Aug 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    I don’t know how people couldn’t have been worried about week 1 already. Its almost the 3rd preseason game and the guy hasn’t even practiced yet.

    I’m sure he doesn’t need much time, but a neck injury and them afraid to even let him throw in practice looks really bad.

  7. steelcity09 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    SOUND THE ALARM!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now I am officially worried that Manning may not play week 1!

  8. RexCanCoach says: Aug 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    Uh oh. I guess the recent dip in the stock market made Kerry reconsider, that and about $3 mil.

  9. richardmb52 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    More serious than anyone thought?

  10. nyctexan says: Aug 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    Back-up QB in NFL = best job in the WORLD

  11. lildon96 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:57 AM

    Pick his mind on the Titans’ playbook.

    Run, run, run, punt. Run, run, run, punt. And so on.

  12. nagaswan says: Aug 24, 2011 10:58 AM

    Could you please put some skepticism into your own thought process? Because to me, this sounds like a huge smoke screen, and you are getting pulled along for the ride.

  13. redbear18 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:59 AM

    Better Collins than Favre.

  14. FinFan68 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:00 AM

    Man, that gauaranteed contract may not have been a smart idea. I realize he hasn’t missed any games but neck injuries are pretty easy to aggravate. Collins is a decent pick-up for the Colts. They really should have addressed their QB needs in the draft. I would expect them to snag one of the top 4 QBs in 2012

  15. lionsfan54 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:01 AM

    We’ll have to reset his Hall of Fame clock now…

  16. ny82jy says: Aug 24, 2011 11:02 AM

    Thats a great move by the Colts. I definatly expect Manning to start wk 1 but they need a solid backup in the WORST way. Painter is terrible, at least if something happens with Manning they have a good solid vet who can actually make some plays for them.

  17. imopen7 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:03 AM

    but he looked OK in tose Reebok commercials???

  18. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 24, 2011 11:03 AM

    Wow. Kerry proved to be a fantastic back-up QB for us (10 and 0 start in ’08), but when the Titans initially signed him late just like this (in ’06), he and the team started out 0 and 5. Buckle up, Colts fans, this could get bumpy.

  19. baily67 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:06 AM

    hello!!the titans have a new coach and new coordinator, they don’t have the same playbook so Collins can’t give them the playbook.

  20. catman72 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:07 AM

    Collins and Polian reunited = awkward

  21. realitypolice says: Aug 24, 2011 11:07 AM

    Holy Crap.

    That kind of came out of nowhere.

    Not that they signed someone, but that it was Collins.

    Three weeks should be enough to prepare him to play the opener if Manning can’t go.

    What kind of odds do you think you could have gotten on “the next QB to take a snap in a regular season game for the Colts will be Kerry Collins”?

  22. bunkmcnulty says: Aug 24, 2011 11:09 AM

    Not a bad selection. Better than what they had. But Collins won’t scare anyone. But for that matter, with salary cap, few backup QBs scare anyone.

  23. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 24, 2011 11:10 AM

    Anyone else think it’s going to be the weirdest thing ever seeing anyone OTHER than Peyton as the starting QB for the Colts…? It’s been a long, long time.

  24. jacksaysfu says: Aug 24, 2011 11:10 AM

    Whew , now Indy can have a 5-11 season if Manning cant play !!

  25. bradwins says: Aug 24, 2011 11:10 AM


  26. flapjackdaddy says: Aug 24, 2011 11:11 AM

    The Colts better hope Manning can play. They are one of the least talented teams in the league without him.

    Kerry Collins, huh?

  27. ninjapleazee says: Aug 24, 2011 11:12 AM

    solid backup!

  28. otistaylor89 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:14 AM

    But, but, but, I thought that they were in good hands with Curtis Painter!!!

  29. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 24, 2011 11:14 AM


  30. NFLJunkie says: Aug 24, 2011 11:16 AM

    You have no idea how hard I laughed seeing this headline.

  31. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 24, 2011 11:16 AM

    @ nyctexan

    Except for the fact you have no job security and may have to move every year, it’s great.

    Also, learning a new playbook every year is a breeze.

  32. celtks says: Aug 24, 2011 11:17 AM

    What is up with Irsay? Has he developed a sudden addiction to being a cyber celebrity with tweeting? Not that I mind, but I can’t imagine most other NFL owners following this sort of behavior.

  33. shackdelrio says: Aug 24, 2011 11:18 AM

    Not developing a QB for the last ten years doesn’t look so smart now.

  34. 00reo says: Aug 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Didn’t he learn anything from the last time he signed w/ a team 2 weeks before the season starts?

  35. joetoronto says: Aug 24, 2011 11:22 AM

    I think this was a great move by the Colts.

    You could do allot worse than Kerry Collins at QB.

  36. belairirish says: Aug 24, 2011 11:22 AM

    It’s about time they realized Painter was stealing a paycheck for the last few years. Bet he isn’t even in the league next year.

  37. sschmiggles says: Aug 24, 2011 11:23 AM

    They’ve known about Peyton’s neck for how long, and they’re just now bringing in a serviceable backup?

    You would think they might’ve considered the idea that maybe, just maybe, Peyton isn’t invincible.

  38. rockymtnphinfan says: Aug 24, 2011 11:23 AM

    Who sets up a fantasy draft before preseason is over?

  39. belairirish says: Aug 24, 2011 11:24 AM

    Kerry Collins, July 7th:

    “The past several months have brought much introspection, and I have decided that while my desire to compete on Sundays is still and always will be there, my willingness to commit to the preparation necessary to play another season has waned to a level that I feel is no longer adequate to meet the demands of the position.”

    Yeah, this will work out well.

  40. greenbaypeckers says: Aug 24, 2011 11:27 AM

    When someone retires, they should stay retired.
    -Brett Favre

  41. glac1 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:30 AM

    A good move. No quarterback will survive the season with a major neck injury. It’s a matter of when and not if another quarterback will be needed.

  42. goindy2006 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:32 AM

    OMG OMG OMG!!! Say it aint SO!

  43. tatum064 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:32 AM

    The move shouldve been made a year ago…Collins might end up playing…Colts run may be over.

  44. goawayeverybody says: Aug 24, 2011 11:32 AM

    The Colts just got better.

    And I’m so glad it’s not Fart, I mean, Favre.

  45. icanspeel says: Aug 24, 2011 11:33 AM

    I don’t think the signing dictates whether Peyton plays week 1.. It’s more or less plan B after he plays and how things go

  46. youboettcha says: Aug 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    The headline for this article should have been “Old QB unretires, signs with Colts”.

  47. brintfatre says: Aug 24, 2011 11:40 AM

    Even if Manning comes back this spells QB controversy… Collins is clearly a better QB than Manning!

  48. deadeye says: Aug 24, 2011 11:46 AM

    This is huge signing. Collins will lead the Colts to victory until Manning returns healthy. The Colts will go 10-6 this season.

  49. chitownjeff says: Aug 24, 2011 11:51 AM

    Curtis Painter needs to be cut right now. He was drafted in 2009.. its 2011 and he’s unable to play the position.. what the heck is gonna change. Run him out and give Culpepper or someone else a shot. Let’s face it.. that guy can’t cut it..

  50. homelanddefense says: Aug 24, 2011 11:55 AM

    “deadeye says: Aug 24, 2011 11:46 AM

    This is huge signing. Collins will lead the Colts to victory until Manning returns healthy. The Colts will go 10-6 this season.”

    If that happens I wonder if all the Peyton fans will say he is overrated because his team did ok without him. Like they do with the whole Brady/Cassell thing.

  51. deepseabreeze says: Aug 24, 2011 12:03 PM

    Collins sucks they should have brought in JaMarcus so when Peyton comes back they can move him to tackle

  52. billwsavedmylife says: Aug 24, 2011 12:05 PM

    seneca1ss says:
    Aug 24, 2011 10:54 AM
    He’s the man. Overcoming alcoholism isn’t easy (especially when you’re rich)

    Your words covey two things:

    A) that you must be an alcoholic to know overcoming the disease isn’t easy
    B) that you must be rich to know that money could make said journey more difficult.

    Kudos to you and your recovery if that is the case. If not, maybe leave it to those who are struggling one day at a time.

  53. itsmebobd says: Aug 24, 2011 12:07 PM

    Wow, talk about insane. Collins forgoes staying and being the titans QB to mentor their rookie and QB of the future, so they bring in hasselbeck to do so. Now he joins the division rival out of retirement. Although, as a veteran QB, who could turn down playing for the colts? Makes ya wonder if its peyton who makes his players that much better or if he really does have that many weapons. Prob a little bit of both eh? As a bengals fan, I have always been sad we had carson instead of peyton. I remember in 2005 we had that shootout with the colts, TD after TD by both teams, we had 1 stalled drive and lost by a td. insane.

  54. rollerino1 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:10 PM

    Good move by the Colts; what they had at the backup position was NOT going to cut it for even 1 game.

  55. DiscountMescan says: Aug 24, 2011 12:29 PM

    Healthy Peyton or not who is going to hang their hat on Painter or Orlovsky if they’re playing like steaming dog crap?

  56. tampacoltsfan says: Aug 24, 2011 12:32 PM

    I’m surprised they haven’t looked at sorgi again. I guess his injury was that bad

  57. thewizardsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 12:41 PM

    Smart, smart move.

  58. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 24, 2011 12:46 PM

    Maybe they could give the Eagles a 3rd for Vince Young…

  59. freedomispopular says: Aug 24, 2011 12:55 PM

    What I don’t understand is why they never addressed the backup QB situation earlier. If they’re not confident with Painter or Orlovsky starting, why have them on the team?

  60. savannahrose44 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:59 PM

    Collins? ROFL!

  61. patsandsox says: Aug 24, 2011 1:08 PM

    I think this was a brilliant move. Collins has proved over and over he can play the QB position and win some games.
    Plus we didnt have to deal with the drama queen making yet another comeback thank goodness.
    This gives Peyton time. He doesnt have to rush and take chances on hurting himself before he is ready. I have the same neck injury and have been through the same procedures. I gave up down hill skiing because of it, figured it wasnt worth the risk, but I am not Peyton Manning.
    I am a diehard Patriots fan, but I am rooting for Peyton to come back from this so we can keep the rivalry going!

  62. marcuswelby70 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:20 PM

    I admire Collins for all he has overcome…but Colts fans, if he has to play more than a few games, do you really think he can lead you to the promise land? Ain’t happening!

  63. adx321 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:23 PM

    freedomispopular says:
    Aug 24, 2011 12:55 PM
    What I don’t understand is why they never addressed the backup QB situation earlier. If they’re not confident with Painter or Orlovsky starting, why have them on the team?

    Probably because their starting QB has never missed a game so they only need cheap backup qb talent?

  64. terripet says: Aug 24, 2011 1:27 PM

    The Colts brought in Collins because the 2 back ups stink one of them will go and Collins will stay for the year. And Manning will play in game 1

  65. akulabug says: Aug 24, 2011 1:48 PM

    Maybe if Payton’s ego would have allowed the Colts to have an able back up around they would not be in this situation.

  66. scomibord says: Aug 24, 2011 1:52 PM

    hey, colts fans. It could have been terelle pryor!

  67. rayguyreturns says: Aug 24, 2011 2:06 PM

    nyctexan says:
    Back-up QB in NFL = best job in the WORLD

    Just to clarify: The 3rd string QB is the best job in the world.

    Once preseason games ares over, your life is made up of traveling, getting paid, and the best seat at the game. The worst injury you’ll get is wrist cramps from holding a clipboard.

  68. silkyjohnson937 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:07 PM

    What? Phlorio isnt trying to pimp out his big buddy with the little hands? Why wont anyone sign culpepper? Because they have seen the tape and tapes dont lie: culpepper sucks

  69. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    Great, I payed for Browns Colts tickets in Indy week 2, and now I gotta watch Colt McCoy dual it out with Kerry Collins?

  70. NFLJunkie says: Aug 24, 2011 2:48 PM

    I think this was a brilliant move. Collins has proved over and over he can play the QB position and win some games.

    ….but the last time he managed it he was supported by a top 10 defense (#2 scoring defense), a top 10 running game, a better-than-average OL…and barely had to throw it, really (ranked very low in pass attempts, completed less than 60%, 12 TDS/7 INTs over basically a full season).

    This is not a knock on Kerry at all. It’s just who he is at this stage of his career. A game manager who doesn’t get rattled easily (big plus).

    Can the Colts win that way? They haven’t had to try that style in a long, long time.

  71. patsandsox says: Aug 24, 2011 3:07 PM

    NFL Junkie I think those are valid points you make and I am not going to disagree.

    What I am saying is that if Peyton is not available for a game or two Kerry is much much better than anything the Colts had for the QB position and is very capable of winning some games for them.

    Is he Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, etc? No way. Is he a pro caliber starting QB I say yes

  72. thefiesty1 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:45 PM

    That’s not going to help. Look what he did in Tennessee.

  73. cmgww says: Aug 24, 2011 5:53 PM

    It’s like flood insurance…you get it, hoping you never need it, but just in case….

    Manning will start week one. Mark it down. This was an insurance move just in case the unthinkable happens. That starting streak is very important to Manning, and even if he just comes in for a series, he will. Collins has a TON of weapons to throw to, and the line is looking better with the two draft picks (especially Costanza). No one is talking about him but Drake Nevis at DT has been a stud in the two preseason games. There were more pressing needs than QB in the draft (O-line, D-line, CB)

    Many are predicting the Colts’ demise, just as they have for about five years now. I loved the Mike and Mike “they get run on, and punched in the mouth” crap before the 2009 season…then the D went out and finished like 9th in points allowed and they went to the SB. The Colts have a few more years left before the window closes.

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