Garcia Not On Board in Oakland
March 2, 2007
By Victor Cotto, Raiderfans.net Staff Columnist
Jeff Garcia from the 2006 Hall of Fame Game - Raiders vs Eagles
*Updated 11:21pm (EST), 3/2/07
Updating an earlier report, sources close to Raiderfans.net have learned that Jeff Garcia has not signed with the Silver & Black.
Garcia, 37, is coming off a revival year, in which he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs, after they lost starter Donovan McNabb for the season. He took the helm as the Eagles were 5-4, and guided them to 5-straight victories to cap the season, and a playoff victory against the New York Giants before being bounced by the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round.
His stellar 10 touchdowns and only 2 interception performance made him a hot commodity after his lone season in Philadelphia.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are highly interested in his services and could be in the mix to acquire the veteran after a stunning turn of events on this first day of free agency. The Bucs’ traded for Jake Plummer to kick-off the signing period, but reports are circulating about the former Bronco’s desire to play for Tampa Bay.
In his career, Garcia has compiled 20,385 passing yards, 136 touchdown tosses, and a 86.4% career rating.
A three time pro bowl selection, Garcia would’ve been reunited with Greg Knapp, who was hired by the Raiders as their offensive coordinator. Knapp was in San Francisco when the former San Jose State stand-out had his finest campaigns, going to Hawaii in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The Raiders are still in need of a veteran presence at quarterback after parting ways with Aaron Brooks last week. With Marques Tuiasosopo as unrestricted free agent, Andrew Walter would’ve been the lone signal caller on the roster.
Much speculation over recent weeks has the Raiders selecting JaMarcus Russell, the dynamic young talent out of LSU, as their #1 overall selection in April’s draft.
With a still young and raw Walter on the roster, the addition of Garcia could’ve added a solid influence to a roster that will be learning a new scheme in ’07.
The Raiders have many holes to fill, and the swirling rumors about a Randy Moss trade, may shed some light into what direction may take in free-agency and the draft.
Also, recent rumblings has the Raiders interested in restructuring LaMont Jordan’s deal, who is the fourth highest paid running back in the NFL.
Garcia has 13 seasons of professional football on his resume - 8 in the NFL.
Garcia was named the NFL’s most improved player in 2000 and was the seventh-fastest player in NFL history to reach 15,000 career passing yards (68 games).
He led a potent attack while in San Francisco, becoming the first quarterback in 49ers history to complete 300 or more passes in three consecutive seasons (328 in 2002, 316 in 2001 and 355 in 2000). In ’06, he ranked 3rd in the NFC in fourth quarter passer rating (95.9).
A native of California, Garcia started his professional career in Calgary with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Garcia is one of only six quarterbacks in NFL history that have achieved back-to-back 30-touchdown passing seasons, joining the likes of Steve Bartkowski, Brett Favre, Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, and Y.A. Tittle.
After finishing ’06 with a 6-2 record, the Eagles opted to go sign AJ Feeley instead, freeing Garcia to go elsewhere.
Here we go..
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ok we have the veteran qb we need, anyway if we pick or not russell, but now we must concentrat to bring o-line as soon as possible, expect to have newberry but also hope fo a guy as jordan black or luke petigout
Cool, Raiders and the WCO are back together again.
and were off lets keep it going
graet start, dont stop al..bring the O back to greatnesss
I think he feels more "accepted" here in the Bay Aea..
Not the best of news, but any news is good news...at least he can move in the pocket....Thanks BK
****, i wanted a vet, not king of brokeback mountain. Dammit Garthia...
Naw, jk. This is good though, because it heightens the perception we're not shooting for a QB in the draft. Plus it'll give Walter and possibly a rook to not just compete but learn from.
Good deal for both sides if true.
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