According to PE.com, Philadelphia has just signed former Eagles quarterback Jeff Garcia to a one-year deal. The 39 year old veteran was cut by the Raiders earlier this season and flirted with a few squads (including most recently Carolina) before landing back in Philadelphia. Garcia's signing likely means that Donovan McNabb's fractured ribs will keep him out of the game against the New Orleans Saints next week. With Michael Vick still serving a two-week suspension, third-year man Kevin Kolb would be the only healthy quarterback left on the roster. The move makes sense, especially with the recently-cut A.J. Feeley being snapped up by the Panthers earlier this afternoon. Although Garcia is getting up there in years, fans will remember how he led the Eagles to the 2006 playoffs with his strong play and great leadership (only 2 INTs in 8 games).
Here is what Andy Reid had to say about the move, per PE.com:
"We did go with Jeff Garcia," Reid said . "It was either with Jeff or A.J. (Feeley). A.J. ended up going to Carolina and signed with them, that's a long-term deal for him. Jeff's going to come on board with us for who knows how long here."We're lucky that Jeff was available. Someone who knows the offense, has been very, very successful in the offense, and can come in and also be a positive influence for Kevin Kolb and everyone else in the locker room."Reid said that McNabb will still prepare as if he is going to play on Sunday against the Saints, but the team still has to prepare for the possibility of McNabb being out."It's a unique situation because Michael (Vick) is suspended for a week and Donovan's banged up. So we don't know how long Donovan's going to be and at the same time we need a second quarterback in there if needed this weekend."