It was perceived to be an either/or situation. It turned out to be neither.
Within a matter of five days of the end of the 2010 regular season, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams decided that his franchise would cut ties with quarterback Vince Young and would retain coach Jeff Fisher, who was sent to enter the final year of his contract.
Franchise officials reiterated Friday, in the wake of Fisher’s departure, that they still had no interest in Young as their quarterback.
“I think our Vince Young decision is the same,” general manager Mike Reinfeldt said. “We’re going to go in a different direction, and at some point we’ll either try to trade or release Vince.”
Young is still under contract with the Titans, and with the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association set to expire in early March, the options in regard to Young are currently limited. No trade can be made until a new CBA is reached.
“It makes it tougher, but it’s a challenge we’ll have to deal with,” Reinfeldt said.
The Titans ended the season with veterans Kerry Collins and Chris Simms as well as rookie Rusty Smith on the roster. Collins’ contract is up. Simms has been on and off the roster several times, and Smith apparently lost the support of most within the organization with his performance in his only start, a 20-0 loss at Houston.
“We need to get a veteran quarterback and draft a quarterback,” executive vice president Steve Underwood said.
The last time the Titans drafted and signed a veteran quarterback in the same year was 2006, when they selected Young third overall in April and added Collins days before the start of the regular season. Collins started the first three games, and the Titans opened the season 0-5.
This time, it seems, they don’t plan to wait before they go with the veteran.
“I think we’ll look for a veteran quarterback, and I think we’ll also look hard at the people coming out in the draft,” Reinfeldt said. “I think we’ll get someone with some experience and also someone that we can develop. I think we’ll do both sides.”
What they won’t do is reverse their stance on Young.