OXNARD — Fred Dean of the San Francisco 49ers, once a feared pass rusher, tried out with the Raiders Wednesday, with the 49ers' permission.
The 49ers reportedly tried to persuade Dean, 34, to retire. Dean said he wanted to return. 49er Coach Bill Walsh said he'd made other plans and asked Al Davis if he was interested in Dean.
Said Raider Coach Tom Flores: "He has shown a great interest in coming to play for us. We wanted to see if he looked good, to see if he could do some of the things we recall him doing so well.
"He looked to be well . . . At this point, we're considering it."
Dean held out for 11 games in 1984, then had 7 1/2 sacks in the final eight games, including playoffs and the Super Bowl victory over Miami.