The Tennessee Titans are not only determined to sign quarterback Kerry Collins (right) to a new contract that brings him back in 2009, but they also will make a significant effort to sign Chris Simms, who, like Collins, is scheduled to be a free agent after this season, team sources told ESPN.
If Collins leads the Titans to the playoffs, the team will offer him a contract that conditionally pays him as a starter.
The team has no plans to abandon former top draft choice Vince Young, but his status as a starter depends on Collins' performance the rest of the season, the sources told ESPN. Simms, who was released by the Buccaneers, signed with the team shortly after Young injured his knee and lost the job to Collins.
Players union: : Four former NFL Players Association presidents as well as Fred Nance, a sports law attorney who represents NBA star LeBron James, are among the list of candidates being considered to replace the late Gene Upshaw as the union's executive director, a person with knowledge of the search process told the Associated Press. Nance is a Cleveland-based lawyer who was one of five finalists for the NFL commissioner's job two years ago, and also played a role in brokering the return of the Browns to Cleveland in 1999. Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong - two of the union's most recent former presidents - made the latest cut after the NFLPA narrowed the list of candidates to about 14 from 25 last week. Two other former union presidents also made the list: Mike Kenn, a former Falcons offensive lineman who served as Fulton County Commission Chairman in Georgia earlier this decade; and George Martin, the former Giants defensive end who recently completed a cross-country walk to raise $2 million for sick Sept. 11 rescue workers. A portion of the list was provided by a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to release such information.
Cowboys: : Sources told ESPN that defensive back Adam Jones must strictly adhere to the terms of his reinstatement and that any missteps will lead to a lifetime ban from the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell relied on the recommendations of clinical specialists who oversaw Jones' 30 days in a rehabilitation facility when deciding to reinstate him from his latest suspension. Jones was suspended for the 2007 season because of multiple incidents while with the Titans, then was traded to the Cowboys during the offseason and given another chance by Goodell. But Oct. 7, only six weeks after being reinstated, he got into an alcohol-related scuffle with one of the team's the bodyguards during a private party at an upscale Dallas hotel.
Jaguars: : Receiver Matt Jones, facing a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, will have his appeal heard Dec. 4. Jones said he will attend the hearing in New York. He hopes to have the suspension reduced. Jones, a former first-round draft pick, has entered a drug treatment program in hopes of erasing a felony cocaine charge in Arkansas.