Former New York Giants quarterback Kerry Collins agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts, providing a veteran option as Peyton Manning recovers from a neck injury.
The move comes two months after the 38-year-old Collins announced his retirement from the National Football League, following a 16-year career with five teams. Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed, team spokesman Avis Roper said in a telephone interview.
Manning, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, is on the team’s physically unable to perform list and hasn’t played since having offseason neck surgery. The other two primary quarterbacks on the Colts’ roster, Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky, have combined for seven NFL starts.
The Colts open the season against the Houston Texans on Sept. 11.
Collins led the Giants to a Super Bowl berth after the 2000 season, losing to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7. He is second among active quarterbacks with 40,441 yards passing, trailing Manning’s 54,828.
Collins was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the No. 5 pick in 1995, the first draft choice in franchise history. He is 81-96 in 177 starts with the Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Giants, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, throwing for 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions.
Last season with Tennessee, Collins was 2-5 as a starter, throwing for 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Collins went 12-4 as a starter with the Giants in 2000, when they won the National Football Conference East. He had five touchdown passes in a 41-0 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game before struggling in the Super Bowl, throwing four interceptions and posting a 7.1 passer rating.
Painter, 26, is 8 for 28 with two interceptions and no touchdowns in his career and the 28-year-old Orlovsky hasn’t thrown a pass since the 2008 season. The two have combined to complete 44 percent of their passes for one touchdown and four interceptions during the preseason.