- Aug 21, 2006
Full ArticleVolek puts in extra time while awaiting Sunday call
By Terry McCormick, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 08, 2006
Billy Volek says he has been preparing for Sunday’s opener against the New York Jets, in case he is called upon to be the starter.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher has yet to officially name a starter for Sunday’s opener, between Volek and Kerry Collins, but most speculation has centered around Collins getting the call.
“I’ve been putting in a lot of extra hours,” Volek said. “I came in Tuesday on our day off and broke down some film and got in a lift. I’m putting in extra hours, which I always do. I’m comfortable with the game plan we have, and I’m just ready to get the regular season here.”
If the Titans carry through with their earlier designation of rookie Vince Young as the No. 2 quarterback, then there is the possibility Volek would be listed as the third-string emergency quarterback Sunday.
If Volek is on the Titans roster Sunday, his $1 million base salary guaranteed.
“I really have no choice,” Volek said. “I’ve got to make the best out of what it is. The Tennessee Titans own my rights.”
Volek started three of Tennessee’s four preseason games, but once Collins was signed, he asked to be released, though the Titans did not grant that request. Volek does have a no-trade clause, which allows him veto power in case he is included in any trade.
“I do have a no-trade clause, which means, for everybody who doesn’t know it, that I can turn down any trade. I can be traded for, but I am a Tennessee Titan right now,” Volek said. “They own my rights, and that’s the bottom line.”
The San Diego Chargers were reportedly interested in him before final cuts, but no deal materialized, and Volek said Thursday, “None have been presented to me” in terms of trade offers.
The Titans and Chargers meet in San Diego Sept. 17. The trade deadline is Oct. 17.
Is A.J. still interested I wonder? with the extra spot vacated by Foley?