Lions Invite McCown, Barry Into Town

One day after meeting with Bengals QB Jon Kitna, Detroit will fly Cardinals' free-agent quarterback Josh McCown into town, and have extended an invitation to Packers' free-agent offensive lineman Kevin Barry.

ALLEN PARK -- Arizona Cardinals free-agent quarterback Josh McCown will fly into Detroit on Sunday, and spend Monday with team officials, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. McCown has been one of a handful of veteran quarterbacks that has been of interest to the Lions, who are looking for a capable backup to starter Joey Harrington.

The team is also interested in Bengals' reserve Jon Kitna -- who visited on Saturday -- Washington's Patrick Ramsey (who would be acquired via trade), the Raiders' Kerry Collins and Miami's Sage Rosenfels. Recently released Bucs' quarterback Brian Griese might also warrant consideration. The team will not pursue Drew Brees (San Diego), who is one of the more sought after free-agent quarterbacks available.

McCown spiked his free-agent interest after closing the regular season with consecutive impressive performances in relief of Cards' starter Kurt Warner. McCown finished the year with a career-best 74.9 quarterback rating, completing just over 60 percent of his pass attempts.

He will visit with Brees-Sweepstakes participants New Orleans and Miami later in the week.

The Lions will also invite Packers' offensive lineman Kevin Barry into town. Barry, a 6-4, 332-pound mammoth presence, served as a reserve tackle under former Packers and current Lions' offensive line coach Larry Beightol. Still, Beightol's "U-71 power-run package" was named after Barry's jersey number, and will likely be implemented in Detroit to free running back Kevin Jones.

Barry has accrued four years of experience after joining the Packers as an undrafted free-agent in 2002.

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