Collins' move to Raiders has Ravens looking at Stewart

Ex-Giants QB reportedly agrees to Oakland deal

Pro Football

May 24, 2004|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

With Kerry Collins reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Oakland Raiders, the Ravens will look to Kordell Stewart or another soon-to-be released veteran as their backup quarterback.

Stewart, the former Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears starter who is 5-0 in Baltimore, would appear to have the inside track on the job at this point. Ravens officials contacted Stewart's agent on Friday, when it was announced Anthony Wright would have surgery on his right shoulder, and believe Stewart's athletic style would fit in an offensive system wrapped around Kyle Boller.

But the Ravens might wait to see if Collins' agreement pushes Rich Gannon to Tampa Bay, which, in turn, could force Buccaneers starter Brad Johnson into the free-agent market. Johnson has long been a favorite of Ravens coach Brian Billick's since their days in Minnesota.

Of the quarterbacks expected to be released in June, the Ravens could show interest in Kurt Warner (St. Louis Rams) and Tim Couch (Cleveland Browns). But many league observers have Warner and Couch headed to the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, respectively.

According to the New York Daily News, Collins has decided instead to go with the Raiders, agreeing on a deal with them yesterday. ESPN.com sources said work remains to be done on the understanding.

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