The Tennessee Titans still want to re-sign Chris Simms for the 2009, perhaps even to be their primary backup quarterback, but now have some competition for his services.
According to league sources, Simms is drawing interest from the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions, and is expected to travel to Denver for a visit with the Broncos on Wednesday.
Simms signed with the Titans after being released by Tampa Bay at the end of preseason last year.
Simms came to the Titans and spent a good portion of the year regaining his strength after having to have his spleen removed in the aftermath an on-field injury in 2006 with the Buccaneers.
Now fully healthy, Simms is simply looking for a chance to prove himself again, either as a solid No. 2 quarterback or with a chance to compete for a starting role somewhere.
With the Titans, there appears to be the likelihood that Simms would at least get the chance for a training camp battle with former starter Vince Young for the second-string spot behind Kerry Collins.
The Broncos have Jay Cutler entrenched as their starter for now, but the relationship between him and new coach Josh McDaniels is off to a rocky start after Cutler’s name surfaced in talks regarding a trade for then-New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel.
Cassel was eventually dealt to Kansas City, but Cutler’s name continues to be bandied about in rumors with both the Lions and Buccaneers.
Barring a trade of Cutler, Detroit might offer Simms the quickest avenue to starting again. The new regime in Detroit certainly should be familiar with Simms, as former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is now their head coach. The Lions quarterback situation is much more unsettled, though they have lost Dan Orlovsky and Jon Kitna in recent days. Daunte Culpepper is currently the Lions starter.
MORE LIONS: Speaking of the Titans' free agents and the Lions, the The Detroit Free Press reports that Tennessee tackle Daniel Loper will visit with the club this week.
Loper’s agent, Leonard Roth, told The City Paper on Monday that his client would likely take some visits this week.
As for cornerback/return man Chris Carr, his agent Buddy Baker said the visit to Detroit went well.
“I think the Lions have a great amount of interest. Obviously, he has a great deal of respect for Jim Schwartz,” Baker said.
Carr was on his way to Cleveland where had a visit on Tuesday and could still have more visits scheduled. Pittsburgh and Minnesota are believed to have some interest in him, though the Titans are still in the running as well.