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QB Jeff Garcia signs with Oakland Raiders

One of the NFL’s worst teams was looking for insurance at Quarterback. From ESPN-

The third time is charm for the Oakland Raiders and Jeff Garcia as they agreed Monday on a one-year contract, the team confirmed.

Twice before during his football career, the Raiders talked to Garcia about joining them, dating back to his days coming out of college.

Garcia grew up in Gilroy, Calif., and went to college at San Jose State. Out of college, he signed with Calgary of the CFL. The Raiders also talked to him about joining them another time before he settled into a career with the San Francisco 49ers, a career that has featured Pro Bowls and trips to the playoffs.

The 39-year-old Garcia is expected to back up JaMarcus Russell, who is solidly entrenched as the starter.

The Raiders will be Garcia’s sixth team. He has also played with the 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If not for his age, you might wager Garcia plays with a dozen or more NFL teams before his career is through.

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Jeff Garcia should never have left the Eagles. I don’t know what Andy Reid was thinking when he let Jeff go. He was a much better 2nd string quarterback than the guy who was in that position last year. I wish Jeff much luck with his new team. He’s a valuable player and I enjoyed when he played for the Eagles.

Posted by Rosie G | April 6, 2009 | 06:51 pm | Permalink

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