Collins signs with Raiders

Former New York Giant QB Kerry Collins has officially agreed to a 3-year contract with the Oakland Raiders

Less than twenty-four hours after rumors surfaced that free agent Kerry Collins was close to a deal with the Oakland Raiders, the official announcement was made. 

Raiders management confirmed that Collins has agreed to a 3-year contract, said to be in the neighborhood of $12 million. 

The signing added further speculation to the future of former NFL MVP Rich Gannon, currently the Raiders starting quarterback. Gannon, who finished last season on the injured reserve list is scheduled to make $7 million this season, and has publicly stated that he will not take any form of pay cut this year.

Indications are the Raiders plan on releasing Gannon after June 1, despite the fact that team management continues to label him as their starter.

``Kerry is a highly productive performer who will add to what is already a talented position,'' Raiders coach Norv Turner said.

The 31-year old Collins, who led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl appearance in 2001, was released on April 28, four days after New York acquired the rights to Eli Manning as the top pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

``I'm looking forward to playing in front of the Raider Nation,'' Collins said in a prepared statement. ``I want them to know that I'm going to give everything I've got.''

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