The Titans figure to be as busy as any other team during the upcoming free agency period. In addition to TE Bo Scaife, who the team designated as its franchise player on Thursday, the Titans have 12 other free agents — including QB Kerry Collins and DT Albert Haynesworth.
The Titans have been on the record throughout the offseason as wanting to re-sign Collins, who has said he only wants to return as the starter. Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt said Friday the team will meet with Collins’ agent this weekend, but stopped short of saying a deal was close.
“We would like Kerry Collins back; he did a heck of a job for us last season,” Reinfeldt said. “If something happens that he didn’t, we’d need to protect ourselves.”
Reinfeldt said the Titans are currently in negotiations with backup QB Chris Simms, and would like to bring him back regardless of whether Collins returns.
As for Haynesworth, the Titans’ exclusive negotiating window with him ends with the start of free agency on Feb. 27. The free agent market could give him the opportunity to be the league’s highest-paid defensive player, but coach Jeff Fisher cautioned that if Haynesworth does reach the open market, all hope is not lost for Tennessee.
“I think Albert, if all things were close to equal, I think he would prefer to come back,” Fisher said. “He has a great relationship with coach Washburn. We do a lot of different things with him. There is no guarantee that if he does go someplace else, he’ll be given the same opportunities to do the same things we do defensively.”