Collins' retirement may affect Broncos

Tennessee quarterback Kerry Collins' retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons may have an impact on the AFC West.

With Collins out of the mix in Tennessee, it could heighten the Titans’ interest in trading for Denver’s Kyle Orton. The Titans want to acquire a veteran to go along with top pick Jake Locker.

Orton’s name has been connected to Tennessee in the past and those talks will likely not decrease with Collins out of the picture. Denver will have to decide to trade Orton and let second-year quarterback Tim Tebow take over or keep Orton as the starter shortly after the lockout ends. Orton is a free agent after the season.

Meanwhile, Collins retires with a short AFC West stint on his résumé. Collins played in a total of 29 games for Oakland from 2004-05. His best season in Oakland was in 2005 when he threw for 3,759 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Collins had the big arm the Raiders coveted and he was a decent bridge quarterback

Oakland owner Al Davis was among those Collins mentioned in his retirement announcement.