Kerry Collins is back in Tennessee

February, 27, 2009

After some posturing on both sides Thursday night before the opening of the NFL's free agent period, the Titans and Kerry Collins agreed on a two-year deal Friday, a contract that could earn him $15 million and has $8.5 million guaranteed.

Should your fantasy team be excited? Well, no.

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Vince Young
Brian Spurlock/US PresswireVince Young is looking even further away from being useful for fantasy.

Collins, who's 36, got an awful lot of credit for the Titans' 13-3 regular season and the fact that the team earned the AFC's No. 1 seed (for all the good that did them). Suddenly in the eyes of many he was a "game manager," a steady hand behind a run-heavy attack. I'm not so sure about all that; his quarterback rating was a relatively dreadful 80.2, he managed only 6.4 yards per completion, completed only 58 percent of his passes and tossed seven interceptions compared with just 12 touchdowns. Clearly, even at his best, this conservative reincarnation of Collins isn't at all enticing fantasy-wise. He shouldn't be on your draft board in any save for the deepest of leagues. And really, does anyone else remember the air-headed gunslinger who made enough bad decisions to get booted from three stops before Tennessee? That guy is still inside that No. 5 uniform, I think.

The larger story here is the continued irrelevance of one Mr. Vince Young, who will be entering his fourth year in the NFL and seems to have no hope of playing any time soon. He certainly shouldn't be anywhere near your fantasy team. That is a shame, because if Young could get his head screwed on straight, he'd be an incredible weapon alongside the flash-and-dash team of Chris Johnson and LenDale White. But the Titans still believe Young's maturity and decision-making in the pocket are highly suspect, and even without Albert Haynesworth, the team is going to have a very good defense in 2009. They don't trust Young to steward a squad that once again could be a threat to get to the Super Bowl, and that speaks volumes.


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