This Date In Transactions History: Kerry Collins

Seven years ago today, many of us assumed that veteran NFL quarterback Kerry Collins was officially walking away from the game. That didn’t end up being the case.

The long-time quarterback really doesn’t need an introduction. After being selected with the fifth-overall pick by Carolina in the 1995 draft, the Penn State product’s professional career would end up stretching more than 15 seasons. Come 2011, the signal-caller was wrapping up a relatively successful tenure with the Titans.

Following stints with the Panthers, Saints, Giants, and Raiders, Collins had joined Tennessee on a one-year contract in 2006. With the Titans having recently used their third-overall pick on quarterback Vince Young, Collins ended up being shuffled in and out of the team’s starting lineup during his time with the team. This included a 2008 campaign that saw him make the Pro Bowl and lead the Titans to an AFC South title.

The Titans got off to an 0-6 start during the 2009 season, prompting Titans owner Bud Adams to request that Collins be replaced by Young. The 2006 first-rounder led his team to five straight wins, although the veteran regained his role the following season. Collins ended up appearing in 10 games (seven starts) in 2010, completing 57.6-percent of his passes for 1,823 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. On July 7th, 2011, Collins ended up announcing his retirement from the NFL, and the Titans reset their quarterback depth chart with Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker.

Collins’ retirement was short-lived, as the veteran inked a one-year, $4MM contract with the Colts in late August. Peyton Manning was recovering from offseason neck surgery (a procedure that would force him to miss the entire campaign), so Collins slid into the starting role for the start of the regular season. He ended up showing his age during his Indy stint, leading his team to an 0-3 record in his three starts. Collins completed only 49-percent of his passes for 481 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Collins landed on the Colts’ injured reserve after suffering a concussion in October, and he was released by the team the following March. Collins subsequently announced his second retirement, and this time he didn’t back out of the decision. The now-45-year-old ranks in the top-15 all-time in completions and passing yards.

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10 comments on “This Date In Transactions History: Kerry Collins

  1. captainchaos55

    I really wish they would stop posting these “ this date in transaction history” .. I really don’t think anyone cares. No one ever seems to comment .. it’s kind of annoying. Just one regular daily readers opinion.

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      • captainchaos55

        That’s funny .. look back at all the old ones .. nobody comments

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    • brewcrewbernie

      I really wish people would stop whining about posts on a free website. No one finds it interesting that you don’t find these posts interesting. Scroll on by and stfu.

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      • captainchaos55

        No one finds in interesting that you don’t find it interesting either. I’m just making a comment of my opinion .. based off the lack of comments or conversation on any of these types of threads. Don’t look now beer bong dude, your whining.

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    • Itrainsontuesday

      As another daily reader, please keep posting. I enjoy these as a change from the other minor transactions going on.

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  2. aias

    Relax. It’s the off season, unless there’s an arrest there’s not too much to post.

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  3. sportsfan101

    Love these posts, reminds you of players legacies or lack there of, how certain transactions are still affecting teams today for good or bad. You must not like history buddy Bc all these posts are, are mini NFL history lessons.

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  4. CowboysoldierFTW

    I really enjoy these articles. I just dont often comment.

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