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By PFW staff

With uncertainty surrounding Peyton Manning's availability for Week One, the Colts have lured a quarterback out of retirement.

No, not Brett Favre. Kerry Collins.

Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted Wednesday morning that the team agreed to terms with Collins, the former Titans quarterback who called it quits on July 7 after 16 seasons.

"After 16 fulfilling years of playing quarterback in the NFL, I am officially announcing my retirement from professional football," Collins said in a statement that day.

That announcement came almost a month after Collins told PFW correspondent and Tennessean writer Jim Wyatt that he was open to a return to the Titans. "I know I still have good football left in me," he said.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Collins has thrown 206 career touchdowns and 195 interceptions. Last season, he played in 10 games with seven starts and tossed 14 TDs for Tennessee.

Manning underwent neck surgery in May and has not practiced. Backup QBs Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky have struggled in preseason games. Manning holds the active streak for most consecutive games started at 208.

The way we see it

This is an indication that there is serious concern over Manning's ability to start the season opener. Collins proved last season he can still throw, and may have retired knowing the Titans were going to go with another veteran QB to mentor Jake Locker, as they signed Matt Hasselbeck.

Collins will have a very good receiving corps in Indy and a decent running game, but more importantly, this is a telling sign that Manning's streak may come to an end, and he may miss more than just Week One.


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