McCown in town for a look-see


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McCown in town for a look-see
- Nancy Gay, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Raiders' deliberate approach to free agency this time doesn't mean they're sitting pat.

Former Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown arrived in Alameda on Tuesday night for a look, further squelching rumors that the team is still negotiating with Kerry Collins.

Collins, 33, was waived last week to rid the team of his $9.2 million cap hit. The Raiders apparently have no interest in re-signing him; there has been no dialogue between the team and Collins' agent, David Dunn, since Collins was cut loose.

The Cardinals re-signed quarterback Kurt Warner last month, essentially making McCown, 26, expendable and leaving him for free agency. Already, McCown has been on a cross-country tour, spending Sunday and Monday with Detroit -- which signed Jon Kitna -- then landing in New Orleans on Tuesday, only to learn the Saints had signed Drew Brees.

In four seasons in Arizona -- and playing for mostly dreadful teams -- McCown was 9-10 as a starter and passed for 4,347 yards, 19 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

Although he might not be an ideal choice as a starting quarterback, McCown's experience far exceeds that of Raiders quarterbacks Marques Tuiasosopo and Andrew Walter, who have two NFL starts among them.

Team passes on Fonoti: The Raiders briefly considered signing former Vikings guard Toniu Fonoti, who visited the team Tuesday. Fonoti, the Chargers' second-round pick in 2002, failed his physical.

Fonoti, whose weight has approached 400 pounds, was traded to Minnesota last season but reported at 385 pounds and was recovering from a broken hand. He finished the season on injured reserve because of a groin injury.

Briefly: The Raiders announced they will begin selling season tickets Thursday. Eight plans will include tickets priced at $24, $35, $45, $60, $75, $85, $95 and $100. There also is a $1 Public Benefit Fund charge paid to the City of Oakland and Alameda County to support youth and community programs.
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