Posted by Ryan Wilson
After 16 NFL seasons, Titans quarterback Kerry Collins announced his retirement Thursday.
It's never completely surprising when a 38-year-old player decides to hang it up for good (notable exception: Brett Favre), but it was less than three weeks ago that Collins told the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt that not only did he want to return to the Titans, but that he wanted to start. And he made similar comments the week before that.
Maybe Collins had a change of heart, or perhaps he didn't like his chances of beating out Tennessee's first-round pick, rookie Jake Locker. Either way, the timing's probably right. Collins had a resurgence of sorts in 2008, when he started 15 games, threw for 2,676 yards, including 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, as the Titans won the AFC South and finished the regular season with a 13-3 record. They would lose to the Ravens in the AFC Divisional playoffs.
In the two seasons since, Collins started 17 games, and in 2010 he tossed 14 touchdowns, the most since 2005 with the Raiders.
Collins was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1995 draft (fifth overall), and he also played with the Saints and Giants before finishing his career with the Raiders and Titans. Collins led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV where they lost to the Ravens.
If Collins truly does retire, the Titans might give serious consideration to signing Matt Hasselbeck when free agency begins. The team will need a veteran QB to mentor Locker and play should it come to that.
UPDATED 5:17 P.M. ET: Here's what Collins had to say about his retirement, via the AP:
"The past several months have brought on 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," Collins said in a statement.
And a statement from Titans coach Mike Munchak:
"Kerry had a great NFL career and we have been very fortunate to have had him with our organization for the last five years. I really enjoyed working with him. He was a true pro, who loved the game. His work ethic and commitment were a great example to his teammates of what it took to be successful in this league."
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