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Colts sign Kerry Collins

It turns out Colts owner Jim Irsay was interested in signing a recently retired quarterback, but it wasn't the one he'd been hinting about on his Twitter account.

Irsay, who tweeted over the weekend that he was in Hattiesburg, Miss., the hometown of one Brett Lorenzo Favre, announced on his Twitter feed today that the Colts had signed former Panthers, Giants and Titans quarterback Kerry Collins.

Collins had previous announced his retirement in July after 16 NFL seasons. His contract with the Titans had expired, and Tennessee wound up signing former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. 

Collins' signing with Indianapolis is the latest indication that Peyton Manning might not be ready to start the season as he continues to recover from off-season neck surgery. 

"It is a good opportunity to have Kerry become part of the team," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. "He is a veteran quarterback who has started many games, and he brings dimension and depth to the quarterback position, which will be helpful." 

It also helps that Collins has played in the AFC South, so he's familiar with the Colts' divisional opponents. In 195 career games, Collins has thrown for 40,441 yards, 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions. He was the fifth overall pick by Carolina in 1995, and he has also played for New Orleans, the Giants, the Raiders and the Titans. Collins led the Giants to a Super Bowl appearance after the 2000 season. 

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