Collins to Serve as Backup for Manning

The Indianapolis Colts have decided to bring in veteran quarterback Kerry Collins as the backup to Peyton Manning. Owner Jim Irsay tweeted Wednesday that “We have agreed to terms with Kerry Collins…more details to come.” Collins (38-years-old) retired in July after 16 seasons in the NFL. He was a free agent after his contract with the Titans expired, but seemed committed to retirement. Collins will serve as the safety net for Manning who is still recovering from neck surgery in May. Irsay had been public about the team’s search for someone else with third-year veteran Curtis Painter, longtime backup Dan Orlovsky and undrafted rookie Mike Hartline the only other quarterbacks on the roster. In 195 career games, Collins had a 55.8 completion percentage and threw for 40,441 yards, 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions.

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