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Young says he wants Titans' starting QB job back or out of Tennessee

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Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher has said all offseason that Kerry Collins is the Titans' starting quarterback. And if that's the case when the 2009 season starts, Vince Young wants to play elsewhere.

Vince Young , QB
Tennessee Titans

Career Statistics
Passer Rating: 68.8
Passing Yards: 4,965
TD/INT: 22/32

Young, who lost the starting job to Collins last season, told WMAR-TV in Baltimore on Monday that he wants it back next season.

"If them guys don't want me to be in there, it's time for me to make a career change," Young said. "... If they're not ready for me to play ball, then somebody is."

The Titans had no comment on Young's comments, which seem to be a change in tone from what he said last month. Then, Young told reporters that he had met with Fisher to share his thoughts and let the coach know he was maturing.

"I feel like for them to understand that you are growing up, you must speak your mind and let them know what's going on," Young said then. "That's basically what I told him. I don't want him to give me anything. I just want to come and take care of my responsibilities and earn everything, that what's given me is that what I earn."

Fisher has said that Young must earn the starting job over Collins, who received a two-year, $15 million deal, with $8.5 million guaranteed, to stay in Tennessee. The new contract was a reward for Collins, a 14-year NFL veteran who stepped in after Young was injured in the 2008 season opener and led the Titans to a 13-3 record and the AFC South title.

Young, the Titans' first-round draft pick in 2006, has struggled in his first three NFL seasons. He won 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after a strong finish to the season, but he regressed in 2007, throwing 17 interceptions and just nine touchdown passes. He also rushed for 157 fewer yards and four fewer touchdowns than he did as a rookie.

Young has three years remaining on his contract and will count approximately $14 million against the Titans' salary cap in 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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