Jul 8, 2011
Thursday brought us a long, tense day of labor negotiations, and now an absolutely crucial time continues in New York today. Elsewhere, a decision in Tennessee leaves the league with one less capable veteran quarterback.
Collins retires … If you take a look at the numbers – 3,439 completions (9th); 6,193 attempts (9th); and 40,441 yards (11th) – the average fan probably wouldn’t guess they belong to Kerry Collins. After a somewhat underrated 16-year career, the 38-year-old Collins opted to retire Thursday, thus ending speculation that he’d re-sign in Tennessee and hold the starting QB job while rookie Jake Locker tries to adjust to the pro game.
Collins had an up-and-down career, beginning when he was the 5th overall pick out of Penn State in the 1995 draft and the first ever pick of the expansion Carolina Panthers. He proceeded to lead the team to the NFC Championship game in his second year and the team’s second year. But his career with the Panthers and then the Saints in the ‘90s was derailed by problems with alcohol before he went through rehab and resurrected his career both on and off the field with the Giants. He led the Giants to the Super Bowl in the 2000 season after a dismantling of the Vikings in the NFC title game and finished his career with up-and-down years in Oakland and Tennessee. Did Collins have a Hall-of-Fame career? Of course not. But sticking in the league, mainly as a starting QB, for so many years and putting up those numbers is certainly impressive.
It was not a given that he’d return to the Titans, but his retirement leaves one less capable veteran QB on the market in a league with several teams in need of help at the position. Locker simply cannot be thrown onto the field right away, especially because of his issues with accuracy in the pocket, and the Titans need to find a veteran to hold the job. Most speculation now points to free agent Matt Hasselbeck, the Broncos’ Kyle Orton, who is a trade candidate, and Donovan McNabb, but no matter who the QB is, there’s now little continuity on the Titans’ offense with a new QB and new OC Chris Palmer.
Players, owners hold marathon session … For the second Thursday in a row, the NFL and players held labor talks deep into the night, not stopping until around 11 p.m. It was the first time this week that players and owners were in the room, as the first two sessions of the week in New York revolved around the lawyers. Mark Maske reports that the two sides are moving closer to agreeing on the core economic issues, and they are back at it today – and possibly into the weekend. If a handshake deal is reached on the main issues, everything else could fall into line. Once again, Friday is a crucial day.
- Former Dolphin OC Dan Henning complimented Chad Henne and believes Henne will get another shot as the team’s starting QB in 2011.
- Dolphin WR Brandon Marshall has spoken to investigators about the April domestic altercation with his wife, according to FOXSports.com.