Kerry Collins says he is prepared to honor the final year of the two-year, $15 million contract he signed last spring, and that it is up to the Tennessee Titans to decide what they want to do about his future.
Collins was removed as the Titans starting quarterback and replaced by Vince Young at the urging of owner Bud Adams, after an 0-6 start. Collins says he has no intentions of retiring and plans to play in Tennessee or somewhere for 2010.
“I plan on playing. I don’t think they’ll pay me $6 million to be backup. That’ll have to be decided at some point. But I’m just kind of in wait-and-see mode,” Collins said.
Collins said he still considers himself a capable NFL starter, but that since he is under contract with the Titans, his first priority is to play in Tennessee, even if it means serving as Young’s backup again next season.
“I’d like to start, and I still think I can be effective as a starter, but I’m locked into a contract here, and I intend on honoring it,” Collins said. “It’s gonna be something the organization is going to have to decide, whether I fit in their plans, and if I do fit in their plans, at what cost do they feel they want to pay me. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I’m completely in wait-and-see mode, as I usually am all the time, and we’ll go from there.”
Collins said he still likes being with the Titans and in Nashville, as does his family.
“I love it here. My family loves it here, and I love playing for Jeff [Fisher],” Collins said. “None of that has changed. I’d like to play, so if I don’t get an opportunity here, I would like that opportunity at some point.”
Defensive end Jevon Kearse said Wednesday he will undergo surgery on his right knee to repair some issues that have hurt his plays this season.
Kearse had reconstructive surgery on his left knee in 2006 while with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“This is something that I didn't even know I had going on until I got my MRI a couple of months ago,” Kearse said. I have a tear in my meniscus. I have a cyst in it, and also a fracture, like a fracture in one of my joint lines. That’s an equivalent to a pothole.”
Kearse has been inactive in all but two games since being removed from the Titans starting lineup on Oct. 11.
Kearse said he plans on playing either “here or somewhere” in 2010, and said he put off the surgery because the Titans still have playoff life left until a Christmas night loss to San Diego.
“I am still able to play on it,” Kearse said. “I was hoping we'd have a playoff run and I'd still have a chance to get out there. If I knew it was going to be like this or whatever I probably would've got it cleaned up and be back ready to go.”
Linebacker Keith Bulluck underwent surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The veteran linebacker’s roster spot will be taken by guard Fernando Velasco, who will be elevated from the practice squad in time for Sunday’s game.
Defensive tackle Tony Brown did not practice Wednesday because of his knee and quadriceps issues.
Also, center Kevin Mawae did not practice because of an elbow injury. According to Jeff Fisher, the injury is not related to the elbow injury that ended Mawae’s season last year, and he should play Sunday against the Seahawks.
Cornerback Ryan Mouton sat out with a sore ankle, and tackle Troy Kropog was out because of a calf injury.
While Chris Johnson is the only Titan to make the Pro Bowl, four others are first alternates, including offensive linemen Michael Roos and Mawae, who were selected to the Pro Bowl last year, as well as Brown.