Because of their Easter trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, the Eagles hold only two quarterbacks on their roster (with only one of whom is proven to be a quality starter in the NFL). And while the team has clearly expressed a load of confidence in the young Kevin Kolb as their leading passer and have trust in Michael Vick as his backup, the organization has quietly been examining options and showing signs that they’ll soon be adding another QB. After all, a seasoned veteran or high-potential prospect from the Draft would certainly solidify the position and provide the club with some insurance if something went horribly wrong in the 2010 season, such as injuries or ridiculously bad performances. The Eagles have recently evaluated soon-to-be rookies at Pro Day events and private workouts–including John Skelton from Fordham and Tim Tebow from Florida–but are now among candidates to acquire a quarterback off the free agent market.
It has been confirmed that the front office has–and continues to be–in contact with Jeff Garcia this offseason, and it is strongly believed that if Vick is dealt to an interested team in a trade, the 40-year-old would rejoin the Eagles. Though he doesn’t have much arm strength left and his overall level of agility has obviously declined, Garcia is familiar with Philadelphia’s offensive system and has a ton of experience in the NFL. A four-time Pro-Bowler and a career holder of an 87.5 QB rating, the California native has had a pair of stints in midnight green during his lengthy tenure as a football star. His most recent appearance with Philadelphia came this past season when he was signed for a week as an emergency player in case of injury. Though he shouldn’t be relied on for a top-tier string of game performances, Garcia could surely be brought back a third time for pure veteran leadership and to act as a mentor to Kolb.
In addition to the situation involving Garcia (pictured left), the Eagles have been mentioned as being among a select group of teams considering the addition of the former Rams’ QB Marc Bulger. The 33-year-old player was released by St. Louis earlier in the week, but primarily because of the organization’s supposed intentions of selecting a top quarterback in the nearing NFL Draft. A two-time Pro-Bowler, the Pennsylvania-born Bulger began his career with glimpses of success and even managed to leave his squad to the NFC Championship contest during the 2003 campaign. One of his best seasonal performances came in ‘06, when he threw for 4,301 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also creating one of the strongest QB-to-WR relationships in team history with Torry Holt. Unfortunately for the veteran passer, poor play by the Rams’ offensive line, multiple injuries and an increasing total of interceptions led to his decline and recent departure from the organization. He hasn’t drawn serious attention since becoming an unemployed free agent, but the Eagles are among a few teams who have been reported to be considering the QB. Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News network said in a recent article that the Eagles “would have to bring in another veteran quarterback –like Marc Bulger–to kind of play the role Kolb did last season, which was the number three quarterback on game day behind McNabb and Vick, but the guy who would actually replace the starter if he got hurt.”
A move involving the Eagles and either of these veteran free agents would likely take place following the Draft, since the team has also been considering prospects that play the quarterback position, but fans shouldn’t be surprised if Garcia or Bulger (pictured above right) is donning a green uniform in 2010.