Kerry Collins; Photo: Newsday/David L. Pokress

It was announced yesterday that Kerry Collins is joining the Oakland Raiders next year. Collins was released in April after spending five years with the Giants. Collins will likely be the starting quarterback for the Raiders when the season starts and is joining a veteran team (read old) that loves to throw. If he does get the starting job, he will displace 38 year-old Rich Gannon. There is no shortage of talented receivers on the Raiders with future Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (41) and Tim Brown (37). Collins will also have the Raiders #1 pick, Robert Gallery, blocking for him. It's almost a perfect situation for him, he's got talent around him and the team is coming off a 4-12 disappointing season. If that sounds familiar, the Giants were also 4-12, but new quarterback Eli Manning has a lot more pressure on him.

Reports say Collins's contract is for three years and $16 million and $2.16 million this season. That's a huge pay cut from the $7 million he was to make this season if he remained with the Giants, but at least now he has a chance to play. Of course, what's $5 million here and there, Collins should save on cost of living expenses alone! He just has to buy a fixer-upper in Oakland and not a house across the bay.