Colts owner Jim Irsay announced on Twitter that the team had agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Kerry Collins.
The Colts have been looking for a veteran backup quarterback as insurance for Peyton Manning, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his neck and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The four quarterbacks who have played for the Colts this summer — Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky, Nate Davis, and Mike Hartline — have combined to complete 22-of-52 passes for 309 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions for a passer rating of 36.5.
Collins, 38, has spent the previous five seasons with the Tennessee Titans and had announced his intention to retire in July. The Titans used their first-round pick in 2011 on quarterback Jake Locker and signed Matt Hasselbeck to be the bridge to the Locker Era in Nashville.
Collins appeared on Monday’s NFL transaction report as being one of the Titans’ unrestricted free agents who was not asked to re-sign.
During Collins’ 16-year career with the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), New Orleans Saints (1998), New York Giants (1999-2003), Oakland Raiders (2004-05), and Titans, Collins completed 55.8% of his 6,163 pass attempts for 40,441 yards with 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions for a career passer rating of 73.9.
Collins went to the Pro Bowl in 1996 and 2008.