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Todd Collins Is Back, And Happy About It


Todd Collins has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Skins (sorry for the delay, painters and contractors showing up all at once as we finally try to get house on t he market, actually had to step away from the phone for a while).

Anywho, just got off the phone with Todd. He's clearly excited to be back. He's had several meetings with Coach Jim Zorn recently and is cool with being the backup. Jacksonville pursued him aggressively, but Collins would have been the No.2 there as well.

"I think my intentions at end of last year were, if I had an opportunity to play that was the objective," Collins said. "I wanted to take a look around, but there didn't seem to be any viable spots to start, and once that wasn't a possibility I said all along I was open to coming back to Washington, and I'm happy to be back and with team and hope the guys continue with what we did last year."

Collins, 36, has long been linked to former associate head coach Al Saunders, but said he had two years in the West Coast offense run by Zonr prior to Saunders's arrival in Kansas City. He's not as well versed in that offense as he is in Saunders's, but Collins is super-smart - for real, dude is big-time smart - and he'll catch on quickly.

"The terminology will be a little bit different," Collins said, "but I have some experience with the terminology. Before Al and Dick (Vermeil) came to KC for two years I was there in the same type of system we're running now, with the same language. So I'm pretty familiar with a lot of the plays and protections, and you hear all the time that a lot of the plays being run around the league are pretty similar, they just call them different thing. I don't think I'll have a hard time grasping it all."

A year ago, Collins was a No. 3 QB who some believed could be on his last NFL contract. He went 10 years between starts for goodness sake. But his superior play down the stretch has changed all of that, and if for any reason the Redskins need him to start, Collins said he's ready.

"I always prepare like I'm going to be the starter," Collins said. "Like last year, you never know when you're going to get a shot in this league. Jason is the starter and he'll have the majority of reps, but I'm used to operating with diminished reps and try to increase my study time away from the field and do what's need to be done to be efficient when I do get a chance to play."

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 29, 2008; 11:09 AM ET
 
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