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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



July 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM

First QB domino falls: Kerry Collins

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Kerry Collins will retire, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, in a move that could be considered the first domino in what will be the league's post-lockout quarterback scramble.

Right about now, you're probably thinking, "And this impacts the Seahawks how?" After all, Collins is 38 and there's no chance the Seahawks would be considering him.

But his retirement means that Tennessee will almost certainly be looking for a veteran quarterback to bridge the gap until rookie Jake Locker is ready to start. Not only that, but three of the Titans' top front-office executives came from Seattle: Mike Reinfeldt, Ruston Webster and Lake Dawson. That means they've got some familiarity and a great deal of affection for a certain follically challenged quarterback who's unsigned at the moment.

So is Tennessee a possible landing spot for Matt Hasselbeck? Absolutely. The question will be how much money Titans owner Bud Adams will pony up to pay a free agent knowing that he's also going to be on the hook for Locker's rookie contract.

In that respect, a rookie wage scale might help the Titans' chances in acquiring Hasselbeck. And there's some history, too, in Adams letting a quarterback develop slowly. After his franchise -- which was then the Oilers -- drafted Steve McNair No. 3 overall in 1995. The team signed Chris Chandler as a free agent earlier that same year, and Chandler remained the team's primary starter for two years until he was traded to Atlanta.

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