The Eagles moved quickly Monday in securing a safety net at quarterback.
One day after starter Donovan McNabb suffered a broken rib during Philadelphia’s season-opening win against the Carolina Panthers, the Eagles agreed to terms with veteran QB Jeff Garcia.
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Eagles coach Andy Reid confirmed the deal.
“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.”
The Eagles homed in on Garcia quickly because he is familiar with the team and coach Andy Reid’s offense. Garcia previously filled for an injured McNabb down the stretch during the 2006 season, going 5-1 as a starter in the final six games to rally the Eagles to the NFC East title. The Eagles eventually lost in the NFC divisional round, falling to Philadelphia’s opponent this week, Drew Brees and the Saints.
Garcia was available after being a surprising late roster cut by the Oakland Raiders the week before the NFL’s opening weekend. The 39-year-old Garcia had signed a free-agent deal with Oakland in early April after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose not to re-sign him this offseason.
Philadelphia’s other quarterback, Michael Vick, is not eligible because he was suspended for the first two regular-season games as the last part of the NFL’s penalty for his role in a dogfighting ring.
Garcia has played 10 seasons, reaching the Pro Bowl four times and throwing for 25,537 yards, 161 TD passes and 83 interceptions.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.