According to published reports free agent quarterback Kerry Collins (Giants) is very close to working out a deal with the Oakland Raiders. Sources say that there are still details that will need to be addressed, but a verbal agreement has been reached and final terms should be ironed out this week.
Collins, a nine-year NFL veteran, became expendable when New York traded draft picks with the San Diego Chargers and acquired Eli Manning as their first pick in the 2004 NFL draft. Four days later Collins was officially released.
Raiders officials admit they have been in contact with Collins but downplay the idea that an agreement has been reached.
``He was here two weeks ago,'' spokesman Artie Gigantino said Sunday. ``Right now, nothing's been done. It would be premature to say he's going to sign.''
Oakland, who still has 2002 NFL MVP Rich Gannon under contract, is coming off an embarrassing 4-12 season and is expected to make several key changes before training camp officially begins. The most likely change would be the release of Gannon, who is scheduled to make $7 million this year.
Gannon has publicly stated throughout the off-season that he would refuse to take a pay cut, causing speculation that his days in Oakland may be numbered.