Monday, January 12, 2009 Updated: January 13, 12:17 PM ET
QB wants to return, but could retire
By Paul Kuharsky ESPN.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As disappointed as he was in the ending, Kerry Collins is convinced this season showed he's got a couple years left.
Given a chance to stay the Tennessee Titans' starter, the free agent-to-be wants to return. But the quarterback said Monday afternoon he will retire if the right opportunity doesn't present itself.
"I think I made my case known, that I'd like to be here and feel that I can be a part of several more good seasons and give them several more good years," he said as the Titans finished up their final meetings and left team headquarters. " I will pack up and go somewhere else. I don't want to, but that's the reality of this business.
"I really like it here, my family really likes it in Nashville, and I think that there is something special here that I'd like to be a part of. But there is a business side to it too and if it comes down to it I've got to be able to pack up and move on," he said.
The Titans also have Vince Young, the third overall pick in 2006. Third-stringer Chris Simms is also heading for free agency.
Just two days after the Titans were eliminated from the playoffs by a 13-10 loss
to the Baltimore Ravens, coach Jeff Fisher declined to get into specifics of personnel decisions that await the team.
But he reiterated what he's said in the past about Collins, who finished with a 58.1 completion percentage, 2,676 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions after taking over when Young was injured in the season opener.
Fisher said he agreed that Collins' play indicated he can continue to start in the NFL and understands why the veteran isn't interested in scenarios where he'd be a backup.
"Kerry has one or two options in my opinion," Fisher said. "He starts, and hopefully that's for us, or he's on his tractor at his farm."
When he took over the job, Collins quickly won over the locker room.
"Whether he is here or somewhere else, he's an incredible quarterback, he's a great player," All-Pro center Kevin Mawae said. "Any locker room would be lucky to have him. For us we hope he stays around."
Fisher said he thought Young benefited from watching Collins work, dismissed a scenario where Young is not on the roster next season, and said that Young will quarterback the Titans again at some point.
"This is about Vince Young and this is about spending the time here, about committing himself to the offseason program, just doing the best he possibly can to make himself a better football player and take advantage of the experience he gained this year in spite of the fact that he didn't play," Fisher said.
Paul Kuharsky covers the NFL for ESPN.com.