NFL Transactions: 5 QB Options for the Tennessee Titans
After using the eighth overall pick in April's NFL Draft on Washington Huskies product Jake Locker, there is little doubt who the Tennessee Titans' future signal-caller will be. But the Titans are in desperate need of a quarterback for the 2011 season to allow Locker some time to learn the NFL game.
So who's it going to be?
There are several options out there, including bringing back formidable veteran Kerry Collins. But if the Titans want to compete at all, they may need to scour the market carefully to find someone who can better suit their needs than Collins.
Tennessee seems a long way from the 2008 roster that went 13-3 and earned the AFC's number one seed.
But they may be closer than you think to a repeat performance under new coach Mike Munchak with new blood at the quarterback position.
The Denver Broncos are looking toward the future with a new coaching staff headed by John Fox.
Tim Tebow showed what he's capable of at the pro-level when he was inserted as the starting quarterback in Week 15. He shined in Weeks 16 and 17 when he threw for a total of 513 yards and three touchdowns. He also impressed coaches with his running ability.
Clearly, the torch has been passed in Denver, and Kyle Orton is a thing of the past. He sits at number three on the depth chart according to ESPN.
But Orton has had success wherever he's been.
In Chicago, he had a record of 21-12 as a starter. His passer rating was always below average, but he took what the defense gave him and allowed his own defense and running game to win.
Last year in Denver, Orton had a dismal 3-10 record as a starter. His number were phenomenal, though, averaging 281 yards passing and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
That's just the kind of mentality that the Tennessee Titans have had their best success with.
Still, they are looking to move on from the successful Matt Hasselbeck, who continues to produce when healthy. He'll be 36 years old by October and hasn't played a full season since 2007.
Hasselbeck posted a 12-to-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season, certainly below his career standards, but what we're seeing is a typical decline in an aging veteran.
He still has it in him to compete for one more year in an offense that won't demand him to throw it over 25 times per game. He is my pick to come to Nashville.
The nine-year veteran of the Cincinnati Bengals is serious about his wishes to be traded from the orange and black.
Carson Palmer has lost interest in playing with the team and will retire unless his demands are met.
Palmer was one of the game's top quarterbacks when he took the Bengals to the playoffs in the 2005 season, but a severe knee injury during the Bengals' first pass play of the postseason ended their hopes of making a deep run.
He has never returned to his Pro-Bowl self and is now an attractive option to come provide stability for the Tennessee Titans for a year or two.
Bengals owner Mike Brown doesn't want to succumb to Palmer's trade demands, but it would behoove him to get some value for the USC alumnus and trade him to a weak team outside of the division.
What the heck happened with the Washington Redskins and Donovan McNabb?
In mid-November, the team signed him to a five-year extension worth $78 million. With McNabb being 34 years old, this was pretty obvious to NFL fans to be a sorry attempt at publicizing McNabb as the bona fide starter of the Redskins, especially after the Week 8 fiasco in Detroit.
That is, unless owner Daniel Snyder really thinks McNabb will be worthy of this money at age 39.
It's evident that coach Mike Shanahan (who I lost a lot respect for after the way he treated McNabb) isn't going to support the veteran quarterback. McNabb still has value to many teams and is an excellent fit for the Tennessee Titans.
His style is similar to that of beloved Titan quarterback Steve McNair, both in mind and body. He also has a little more left in the tank than just one season, giving Jake Locker more time to digest the game.
It worked great for Aaron Rodgers, didn't it?
Kevin Kolb is a long shot after the drafting of Jake Locker.
Last season, Kolb threw for 234 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game, not including the first game of the season when he was injured at halftime.
He isn't a high-performing no-name, either. Kolb was selected 36th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Houston. As a four-year starter, he racked up 12,964 passing yards, which ranks him right above the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers as eighth all-time in the NCAA record books.
The Tennessee Titans would have to make a blockbuster trade to acquire Kolb. The deal would possibly involve Locker himself since Kolb is a long-term solution at quarterback.
I don't see this move happening, but the Titans would benefit greatly from a Kolb to Kenny Britt connection for years.