Titans to sign Simms as backup

Chris Simms will be the newest member of the Tennessee Titans, assuming he passes a physical tomorrow. Simms missed out on the Buccaneers’ quarterback derby in the preseason, and last appeared in a regular season game in Week 3 of the 2006 season, when he finished the game despite a major spleen injury.
Simms played in the 3 of Tampa Bay’s preseason games this year, completing 19 of 30 for 155 yards and 1 interception. While I’m confident Kerry Collins can be serviceable, if he gets hurt before VY recovers or has aged precipitously, it’s difficult to know exactly what to expect from Simms given how much time he’s spent on the bench. This move qualifies as at least a minor surprise, given the Titans had Ingle Martin on their practice squad. Once the Titans called Simms and had him flown out of Kansas City, though, the Chiefs went ahead and signed Martin. Simms does, however, continue the pipeline from Austin to Nashville that’s brought to the Titans Ahmard Hall, Bo Scaife, and Michael Griffin in addition to VY.
It’s unclear right now how the Titans will clear a roster space for Simms’ signing. While Andrew speculated OT Michael Otto would be the first one cut, I expect RB Quinton Ganther or LB Colin Allred to be the player to go.
Did anybody see Chris Simms play in the 2008 preseason? Why would the Titans sign an unfamiliar player like Simms who has to be rusty over somebody like Martin who knows at least some of the playbook? Who should make way for Simms on the 53-man roster?

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