Likely to soon be bumped from the top spot on the depth chart, probably by the Sept. 10 regular-season opener, Tennessee Titans quarterback Billy Volek will waive the no-trade clause in his contract to facilitate a move to another NFL team.
Expected to supplant the departed Steve McNair as the Tennessee starter, Volek has been rendered all but extraneous by the Monday signing of veteran quarterback Kerry Collins to a one-year deal. In what has been a cram course to get Collins practice time, and to accelerate his learning curve in a new offense, Volek has seen his snaps reduced this week.
There is a possibility that Volek won't accompany the Titans to Green Bay for the Friday preseason finale.
Volek and agent Drew Rosenhaus have declined to answer questions about whether they have requested that general manager Floyd Reese trade the six-year veteran. People close to Volek, however, said this week that he has acknowledged that he will not be on the roster for the start of the season.
Teams must reduce their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
In discussing trade possibilities in general, Reese conceded that Volek's name has "come up." The no-trade clause was part of the four-year contract Volek signed in March 2004.
There figures to be a healthy market for Volek, who has been regarded as one of the NFL's top backups for the last several years, but who failed to secure the confidence of the Tennessee coaching staff in camp or in the preseason. Among the several teams which might be interested in adding Volek, whose resume includes 10 starts, are San Diego and Cleveland.
The Chargers don't have a quarterback on their current roster with even one regular-season start and the Browns' depth situation behind starter Charlie Frye is tenuous. Those clubs could be attractive to Volek as well, because he might have an opportunity to get some starts this year if either Frye or Philip Rivers of San Diego struggles during the season.
Some teams might balk at trading for Volek and gamble that the Titans will release him outright. But if that occurs, Volek will become a free agent, able to sign with anyone, and the number of franchises bidding for him figures to increase. Trading for him would allow a team to inherit his contract, which has two seasons remaining, at palatable prices.
Volek, 30, has completed 312 of 517 passes for 3,505 yards, with 26 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and a career passer rating of 86.9 in 24 appearances.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here.