”Jeff absolutely, definitely wants to play another year or two,” Doug Hendrickson of Octagon said. “He’s mentally and physically ready to go, but right now we’re going through the process of trying to find the right fit.”
Garcia and Hendrickson had hoped it would be the Philadelphia Eagles, but Michael Vick was cleared to play this week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who interviewed Vick about a shooting incident following a birthday party for the Eagles backup. The team may still be on edge about Vick given his inability to avoid trouble despite serving prison time for his involvement in a dogfighting operation.
”We’re waiting to see what happens with the Eagles situation,” Hendrickson said. “To me, they still have issues with their quarterbacks, and Jeff obviously knows the west coast offense and the situation very well.”
Garcia, 40, hasn’t played since the 2008 season when he appeared in 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was on the Eagles’ roster briefly last season but only as a stopgap while Vick served out his suspension and Donovan McNabb recovered from a rib injury. He was released in September and didn’t find work with another team.
Hendrickson said Garcia has been working out this summer with several players, including Saints QB Drew Brees, near his home in San Diego. He said he’s spoken with three teams that have expressed an interest.
”Jeff is willing to be a No. 2,” Hendrickson said. “Anybody who plays the game wants to be the main guy, but Jeff understands the circumstances at this point and is willing to be a mentor to a young player and help somebody out. He just wants to play for a legit team.”