The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins as an insurance policy to Peyton Manning. Colts RapidReporter Tom James joins Scott Braun to discuss the move.
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Colts owner Jim Irsay has been a busy little Twitterer recently. Last Saturday he informed fans that "We r evaluating the QB sitch, #18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him, defense has 2 pick it up,big time!" A few days later he joked that he was on a quest to find Brett Favre, and Wednesday morning he announced that Kerry Collins, in Favre-ian fashion, would be coming out of retirement to sign with the Colts.
While the Collins signing is news, the implications are bigger: there is real concern that Peyton Manning, still recovering from offseason neck surgery, won't be ready to start the regular season.
Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008. In fact, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks Indy can make the playoffs with Collins should it come to that.
"The signing of Collins is just in case something goes horribly wrong [with Manning's recovery]," Freeman wrote Wednesday morning. "He's got a strong arm, a solid head and Colts players will like him. He's in many ways the best-case scenario for the Colts. … Bringing Collins to Indianapolis is actually a brilliant move. Now we just wait and see when Manning returns."
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Minutes after Irsay announced Collins had been signed, he tweeted that coach Jim Caldwell and team president Bill Polian "will expand more on our thinking and how we will integrate the quarterback position in the coming weeks."
Collins isn't nearly the player Manning is, and unlike his situation in Tennessee in recent years, there's absolutely no chance Collins somehow wins the starting job. But what he provides the Colts is a legitimate chance to win games if Manning isn't healthy to start the season, which is something we couldn't say about Painter or Orlovsky.
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