Is Collins the best option for Titans?

Until Jake Locker is deemed ready to start by the Titans, there are all sorts of ideas as to who will be the next starting quarterback in Tennessee. It could be Rusty Smith. It could, and mostly likely, will be a veteran in the free-agent market.

David Climer of “The Tennessean” believes the best — and perhaps only — option for the Titans will be the return of Kerry Collins.

One factor is the condensed NFL offseason, a factor Brian Baldinger sees playing a big part in teams re-signing their own free agents due to the smaller window for players — especially quarterbacks — to learn new systems. The other is the reality that the Titans seek a stopgap player. A quarterback who views himself as a starter won’t view keeping Locker’s seat warm as one of the top options. Collins accepting that role could play a large part in the conversation.

While we’re guessing Vince Young won’t be in this mix, one player to keep tabs on is Matt Hasselbeck. Previous reports suggested Hasselbeck  was very much on the Titans’ radar, and analyst Bucky Brooks has floated the veteran as a good fit for the Titans. It remains to be seen if Hasselbeck — or Marc Bulger or Donovan McNabb, for that matter, would be interested in what the Titans’ situation has to offer.

— Frank Tadych

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