Teams hoping to sign top free-agent QBs

The Vikings could still be in the market for a free-agent quarterback, but the teams with two of the top unsigned quarterbacks at this point are still working on contract negotiations. See what their coaches and front-office personnel had to say about those situations.

While there are no indications of the Vikings making a push for quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Kerry Collins, the top two pending free agents according to's rankings, getting them signed by their teams was a hot topic of conversation at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Cardinals say they are still working to sign Warner before the start of free agency on Feb. 27.

"We are encouraged by the fact Kurt wants to be back with us and has stated so," said Cardinals general manager Rod Graves. "We are looking forward to getting Kurt done sooner rather than later."

Graves said placing the franchise tag on Warner wasn't a viable option, as the Cardinals used that designation on LB Karlos Dansby, but Graves said he's optimistic that a deal can be worked out.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has been keeping in contact with Warner in hopes of getting a contract worked out by the end of the week.

"Kurt and I have talked quite regularly over the period and all I can tell you is what Kurt said to me, that he's going through a process. And I haven't tried to rush him because I think Kurt is going to make his decision when he's ready. Just in our conversations about where we're going this year and changes that we've made, it's all been positive."

Graves emphasized that getting a deal done before Friday would be ideal. John Clayton of ESPN reported that the Cardinals have increased their offer to more $10 million per year.

"We would very much like to get the deal done before free agency starts, but we are not overly concerned with that thought. We will continue to work," Graves said.

Like Graves, Titans general Mike Reinfeldt said his team would like to re-sign Collins.

"We would like Kerry back. He did a heck of a job for us last year," Reinfeldt said last week when asked about protecting himself against the possibility of not re-signing Collins. "If something happened and he didn't, we need to protect ourselves, yes. We are supposed to meet with the agent this weekend."

"… I think he is comfortable in Tennessee and I think he likes his teammates, the coach, the city. I would think we would be willing to pay him whatever anybody else would be willing to pay him. So I think he'd be more likely to come back."

Titans coach Jeff Fisher was hoping that even if Collins isn't signed by the start of free agency that he would at least give them a chance to match any offer he might receive on the open market.

"I believe that'd be the case, because I believe he really likes it there, and he's made a second home there, and he's got friends there. And it's hard to write songs outside of Nashville," said Fisher, referencing Collins' aspirations to be a country-song writer.

Interestingly, the Titans also have Chris Simms slated to be a free agent, but he appears more likely to reach the free-agent market.

"We're in the process of talking to Chris' guy, so we would like to sign Chris regardless," Reinfeldt said.

"There's no guarantees a week outside of free agency, but we definitely have interest in him," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

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