Garcia has signed with the Houston Texans on Wednesday, and will be their No. 3 quarterback behind rookie T.J. Yates and Jake Delhomme.|||||||
The 41-year-old Garcia had individual workouts in Houston following injuries to both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart. Houston signed Delhomme last week to back up Yates, who completed 12 of 25 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in a 17-10 win over Atlanta.
Garcia says he would welcome an opportunity to return for a third stint with the Philadelphia Eagles and mentor Kevin Kolb. Garcia said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's talked to the team about the possibility, but nothing is imminent. The Eagles traded six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington last week, paving the way for Kolb to start.|||||||
Garcia filled in nicely when McNabb went down with a knee injury in 2006, leading the Eagles to the NFC East title and a playoff victory. He returned for a couple games last year as a backup when McNabb broke a rib.
Eagles coach Andy Reid on Monday confirmed the team has signed Garcia, a 10-year veteran who played for Philadelphia in 2006 and went 6-2 in eight starts - including the playoffs - while McNabb was injured. The team needed a backup quarterback in case McNabb, who suffered a broken rib in Philadelphia's 38-10 win over Carolina in the season opener, is not able to play this week against the New Orleans Saints.|||||||
"We're lucky Jeff was available," Reid said. "He's someone who knows this offense and has been very successful in this offense. He can be a positive influence on Kevin Kolb." Garcia, who was signed by Oakland in the offseason to push JaMarcus Russell and serve as a mentor to the former No. 1 overall draft pick, was released by the Raiders on Sept. 5 after playing little in the preseason.
Garcia is returning to the Bay Area after agreeing to a deal with the Oakland Raiders.|||||||
Raiders senior executive John Herrera told The Associated Press that the four-time Pro Bowler will join the club's offseason workout program immediately alongside starter JaMarcus Russell. Garcia spent the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starting 24 games and leading them to the playoffs, but wasn't re-signed by the club.
Garcia started Sunday against San Diego, returning to the lineup after missing one game with a strained right calf. He threw an interception for the first time in four games with two in a 41-24 loss. Garcia finished with 232 yards and a touchdown.|||||||
He has thrown 11 touchdowns this season along with five interceptions this season. Garcia hasn't thrown an interception in two meetings with Tampa Bay's next opponent, the Oakland Raiders. He has 309 yards against the Raiders with six touchdowns.