We're all familiar with the rags-to-riches story of the game manager himself, Kerry Collins. While many thought his days of being an NFL starting quarterback were over, in 2008, KC stepped up and delivered a stellar performance while helping lead the Tennessee Titans to a sparkling 13-3 record.
Of course, it was back to bench for Collins in 2009, as he was jettisoned to the sidelines in favor of a rejuvenated Vince Young as a result of the team's collective struggles and his own passing inefficiencies.
Fast-forward to 2010 and suddenly, mostly due to his $5.5 million salary despite being a backup, Collins could be facing an ultimatum: Take a pay-cut, or take a hike.
The mere thought of the possibility of Collins not returning to the Titans in 2010 gained some steam as of late as a result of a couple of developments.
A couple of days ago, the Baptist Sports Park was the scene of some wining and dining with former Titan backup signal-callers Chris Simms and Patrick Ramsey. Despite their previous short tenures in Nashville, both quarterbacks have experience with Dinger's offense and either could easily serve as the team's backup QB in a pinch.
Of course, given Ramsey's lackluster career and Simms' struggles as a Denver Bronco while replacing a hobbled Kyle Orton last year, I'm cringing a bit at the thought of either getting any regular season playing time.
In the other development, over the course of the next several days, the Titans will be hosting the likes of draft-eligible quarterbacks Dan LeFevour and Levi Brown. Of course, this may have no bearing on KC's future as the team, with or without Collins, could be interested in drafting a future backup at the QB position in the later rounds.
However, inquiring minds could easily ponder the possibility of VY returning as a starter, with a cheaper veteran such as Ramsey or Simms as the #2 and a youngster selected in the latter portion of this month's draft rounding out the team's QB rotation.
Personally, I'm very appreciative of Kerry's contributions in a Tennessee Titan uniform and by no means would I oppose bringing the "game manager" back as the team's primary backup QB. However, considering the fact that combined with VY's $7.5 million base salary the Titans would be investing a whopping $13 million at the QB position, even Stevie Wonder could see that there's a chance KC could be asked to hit the road if he's not willing to take a pay-cut.
Stating the obvious, it's going to be interesting to see how this whole situation pans out.
What are your thoughts, guys? Kerry Collins: Should he stay or should he go?