Titans keep both Collins, Volek on roster for now

Updated: September 2, 2006, 10:29 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans decided Saturday to protect themselves -- for now -- by keeping both veteran quarterbacks Billy Volek and Kerry Collins on the roster, instead releasing Matt Mauck.

Volek had not been happy since the Titans signed Collins on Monday. Asked if Volek's situation might change, coach Jeff Fisher said rookie Vince Young will be their No. 2 quarterback, with a decision on who starts Sept. 10 against the New York Jets coming later this week.

The Titans said Volek's name had popped up in talks with other teams. Asked if the Titans are continuing to seek a trade, Fisher said Volek had a no-trade clause in his contract.

"We'll see where it goes," Fisher said.

The Titans trimmed 22 players, with the biggest cuts receiver Tyrone Calico, a second-round pick in 2003 who never lived up to the promise of his 6-foot-4 size and 4.34-second speed in the 40 because of injuries, and fullback Troy Fleming, a sixth-round pick in 2004 out of Tennessee.

They also cut running back Jarrett Payton, son of the late Hall of Fame back Walter Payton.

Of the 22 players released, four were draft picks, including two from this year's class of 10: fifth-round pick linebacker Terna Nande and seventh-round running back Quinton Ganther. Nande hoped an NFL job might help him bring his mother home from Nigeria.

Also cut was Marcus Randall, the former LSU quarterback who played three positions since being signed as a free agent last year. He switched from quarterback to safety and most recently was a linebacker.

They also cut tight ends Ben Hall and Jamie Petrowski, center Joel Rodriguez, guards Cody Douglas and Mike Erickson, offensive tackle Brad Rhoades, receiver Grant Mattos, defensive ends Sean Conover, Tim Thompson and Copeland Bryan, defensive tackles Jeff Littlejohn and Chris Herring, and defensive backs Keon Raymond and Antoine Harris, and linebacker Cody Spencer.

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