Jeff Garcia Would Pay to Be Philadelphia Eagles' Backup Quarterback

By Bryn Swartz

With several months until the beginning of the 2012 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles still don’t know who will be their backup quarterback.

Third-year quarterback Mike Kafka will be competing with journeyman veteran Trent Edwards and 2012 third round draft pick Nick Foles for the number two spot on the depth chart.

On 94 WIP, via CBSSports, a fourth man expressed interest in the position. That would be Jeff Garcia.

“Philly is the team my wife will let me go back and play for,” Garcia told Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano on the radio. “She’s the only one who can approve the move.”

“[If the Eagles call] I’m picking up the phone and saying ‘Andy [Reid] how much do you want me to pay you so I can come in and get things fired up around there?’” Garcia said.

“I’d pay to play, that’s just me. I can be that person who can continue to motivate and inspire and help teach and educate. And if given the opportunity to step on the field, I’m going to give everything I have to find success, no matter how it happens.”

Garcia called his first experience with Philly “one of the greatest experiences that I’ve ever been through.”

And his first stint with Philly was nothing short of incredible. He took over the starting job after Donovan McNabb suffered a season-ending torn ACL against the Tennessee Titans. The Eagles were 5-5 and their playoff chances seemed slim at best.

But Garcia powered the Eagles to five consecutive victories to conclude the season, plus a victory in the wild-card round of the NFC playffs. He tossed 10 touchdowns against just two interceptions, posting a 95.8 passer rating.

Realistically, however, there’s no chance the Eagles sign Garcia this season. He did return to the team for a short stint in 2009, but he fumbled his only snap, and lasted just one game.

His career is all but over.

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