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By PFW staff

Veteran QB Kerry Collins announced his retirement from football on Thursday. His career lasted 16 seasons with five different teams.

"After 16 fulfilling years of playing quarterback in the NFL, I am officially announcing my retirement from professional football," Collins said in a statement released by his agents at Athletes First. 

"The past several months have brought much introspection, and I have decided that while my desire to compete on Sundays is still and always will be there, my willingness to commit to the preparation necessary to play another season has waned to a level that I feel is no longer adequate to meet the demands of the position," he added.

Last month, 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 at the time.

"I want to wish Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans the best of luck in the future," Collins added in his retirement statement. "I have had a fantastic five years here, and my family and I look forward to remaining part of the Middle Tennessee community that has been extremely gracious towards us and an honor to play for."

Collins was a two-time Pro Bowler — in 1996 with the Panthers and 2008 with the Titans. He advanced to Super Bowl XXXV as the quarterback of the Giants. Collins, who had an 81-96 record as a starter, threw for 206 career touchdowns and 195 interceptions.

In 2010, he played in 10 games with seven starts, throwing 14 TD passes and eight interceptions. Collins would have been a free agent.

He also spent time with the Raiders and Saints.

The way we see it

Collins had a long career and was successful even at the end of it, currently placing 11th all-time in career passing yards. His mind certainly changed over the past month, and the uncertainty of what team he would play for and when training camp would start likely played into his decision.

For the Titans, this is one less potential QB to work with rookie Jake Locker. The team is expected to cut Vince Young and, without the option of re-signing Collins, will have to look elsewhere to bring in a veteran QB or two.  

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