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It's nice that Tennessee officials have told quarterback Chris Simms they want him back in 2009. But it would be surprising if he re-signs with the Titans without first testing the free-agent market, where the Chicago Bears and other teams might be waiting with interest.
It's possible Simms knows something about the Titans' personnel plans that we don't. But as it stands now -- Tennessee is trying to re-sign starter Kerry Collins and has no plans to move backup Vince Young -- Simms would be no better than the No. 3 quarterback in Nashville. That might be his ultimate lot for 2009, but he doesn't need to be in a rush to be anyone's No. 3 quarterback.
No one knows for sure if the Bears would pursue Simms if he was available. But he fits the profile general manager Jerry Angelo is looking for as a backup/possible challenger to Kyle Orton: A veteran player with starting experience.
You would thinks Simms would at least test the market next month before deciding to return to Tennessee.