The Tennessee Titans are determined to not only sign quarterback Kerry Collins to a new contract that brings him back in 2009 but they also will make a significant effort to sign Chris Simms who, like Collins, is scheduled to be a free agent after this season, team sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
If Collins should lead the Titans into the playoffs, the team will attempt to sign him to a contract that conditionally pays him as a starter.
At this time, the team has no plans to abandon former top draft choice Vince Young but his status as a starter depends on Collins' performance the rest of the season, sources told ESPN. Simms, who was released by the Buccaneers, signed with the team shortly after Young injured his knee and lost the job to Collins.
Even though he has been primarily the third-string quarterback, sources told ESPN that Simms has made "very positive impressions" in the past month in recovering from his health problems. Simms suffered a ruptured spleen in 2006 with the Bucs and subsequent complications, including a weakened throwing shoulder.
A team source told ESPN that Simms also has informed the team he would prefer to remain in Tennessee.
Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for ESPN.