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Clayton Nails it Again!
Looks like Clayton has his ear to the pulse of the NFL yet again.
Open market not kind to Collins
By John Clayton
Kerry Collins didn't study the numbers.
Collins came into the league in 1995 when the league was expanding and at a time when the quarterback position was at its thinnest. His entire career has operated around the notion that teams are desperate for starting quarterbacks.
Kerry Collins played five seasons for the Giants, starting 68 games.
After the Giants drafted Eli Manning, Collins naturally took it personal and turned down a chance to stay in New York at his $7 million salary and instead hit the streets looking for a job. What he is now starting to realize is that it's a different NFL for quarterbacks than it was when Collins last went looking for a job in 1999.
Collins will end up with something, but it's probably not going to be a starting job unless the Raiders unload Rich Gannon, which is unlikely. What Collins didn't realize during his starting days in New York is a league full of young QB prospects developed around him. While Collins was putting up good numbers for the Giants, here were the numbers of quarterbacks who were developing on other teams:
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