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Quarterback carousel turns: Garcia to Eagles, Feeley to Panthers

We usually try to limit PFT posts to one major topic, but two stories broke Monday afternoon that are unquestionably connected, and deserve to be together.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Jeff Garcia has agreed to a contract to return to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Meanwhile, A.J. Feeley has decided to join the Panthers, apparently spurning overtures from Philadelphia, according to multiple reports. 

The Panthers could not wait around for Josh McCown’s foot to heal, and wanted another quarterback option on the roster.  Feeley could eventually threaten to take over Jake Delhomme’s starting job, and his presence is a sign that the Panthers may not be that high on Matt Moore.  (So is the fact that Moore was behind McCown on the depth chart.)

Garcia’s signing is fascinating.

The 39-year-old quarterback wasn’t too pleased with the organization two years ago when the Eagles didn’t make an aggressive move to re-sign him after Garcia led the team to the playoffs after the 2006 season.  (They choose Feeley.)

That the Eagles felt it necessary to bring back Garcia now may indicate that McNabb’s rib injury could take a little longer to heal than anticipated, and the team isn’t too confident in Michael Vick’s progress as a true option at quarterback.

Yes, they need a backup quarterback for this week. But taking on Garcia and his baggage means that he could have a significant role on the Eagles for a while.

More than anything, the signing of Garcia is an indictment on the development of Kevin Kolb. 

The third-year player did not look good in relief of McNabb once again Sunday, and the organization may be wondering if Vick or Kolb are truly capable of leading the team to the playoffs should McNabb miss time with this or any future injury.

Kolb will likely get his first start of his career against the Saints this Sunday, according to ESPN’s Sal Palantonio.  Maybe Garcia will finish the game off.

Man, this season is going to fun.

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59 Responses to “Quarterback carousel turns: Garcia to Eagles, Feeley to Panthers”
  1. Buttered Izel Jenkins says: Sep 14, 2009 5:25 PM

    You know it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXZpTC4MXhY

  2. leatherneck says: Sep 14, 2009 5:26 PM

    Good for Feeley. He has more of a future in Carolina.

  3. hayward giablommi says: Sep 14, 2009 5:30 PM

    Huh?
    Don’t get me wrong, bringing in Garthia is a good move, but then why did the Eagles take the voluntary P.R. hit that comes from signing a sleazy, lying, scum of the earth, dog drowning felon?

  4. longrodvanhungendong says: Sep 14, 2009 5:31 PM

    So what happens when McNabb is healthy and they have 4 QB/s on the roster? This is gonna get good……….I have never seen one football game cause so many QB changes.

  5. stang says: Sep 14, 2009 5:31 PM

    AJ to the rescue………………..
    Better get your scramblin’ cleats on because your facing a lot of stout “D’s” this year.
    Best of luck! Your gonna need it.

  6. Enrgy2Burn says: Sep 14, 2009 5:33 PM

    the end of the Kolb era?!?! this signing says an awful lot about what they REALLY think of Kolb!

  7. EskinSux says: Sep 14, 2009 5:33 PM

    This means …..A…McNabb will be out for awhile….B…Kolb sucks….and C…Vick jersey’s are only good for drop cloths……

  8. Vet735 says: Sep 14, 2009 5:35 PM

    Smart move by Feeley. He can get some job security with Carolina is a QB quandry. Garcia will probably get cut in a couple of weeks when McNuggets is ready and Vick is off suspension.
    If Kevin Kolb starts instead of Garcia, Andy should be fired. That stiff cannot complete a pass, can’t run the ball, can’t move the football. In short, he can’t do diddley poo.

  9. EZeagle says: Sep 14, 2009 5:35 PM

    Smart move,Garcia knows the system just as well as #5, remember the 07 season.

  10. Fludlow says: Sep 14, 2009 5:36 PM

    The Eagles got what they deserved. They did Feeley wrong with their gamble, and are now gonna pay the price dearly. They trained A.J. in their system for the better part of 8 seasons, and cut him a week before they needed him most. Well played boys, well played. McNabb, Vick, Garcia & Kolb? Its gonna get awkward!

  11. Malblack says: Sep 14, 2009 5:37 PM

    Garcia’s last stint in Philly is the reason we think of McNabb as a sensitive person. There’s much more probability that Garcia’s presence makes McNabb uncomfortable than Vick’s presence…

  12. SaintMichael says: Sep 14, 2009 5:37 PM

    Whoa baby. Donovan is gonna be PISSED.
    McNabb, Garcia, Vick – what is this the 2003 NFC Pro Bowl?

  13. Fludlow says: Sep 14, 2009 5:37 PM

    The Eagles got what they deserved. They did Feeley wrong with their gamble, and are now gonna pay the price dearly. They trained A.J. in their system for the better part of 8 seasons, and cut him a week before they needed him most. Well played boys, well played. McNabb, Vick, Garcia & Kolb? Its gonna get awkward!

  14. Fludlow says: Sep 14, 2009 5:38 PM

    The Eagles got what they deserved. They did Feeley wrong with their gamble, and are now gonna pay the price dearly. They trained A.J. in their system for the better part of 8 seasons, and cut him a week before they needed him most. Well played boys, well played. McNabb, Vick, Garcia & Kolb? Its gonna get awkward!

  15. RFM says: Sep 14, 2009 5:38 PM

    Great…. Expect numerous articles addressing the new quarterback controversy in Philly: Vick or Garcia?!

  16. PirateFreedom says: Sep 14, 2009 5:39 PM

    Backing up Delhomme makes you pretty close to being a starting QB, definetly a better gig than being behind McNabb and VICous pricK

  17. SleeveLikeWizard5959 says: Sep 14, 2009 5:40 PM

    Turning into a proverbial Gong-Show………..

  18. Route36West says: Sep 14, 2009 5:46 PM

    Damn I know this team. I told my brother this morning I thought the Eagles were gonna bring Garcia back especially b/c Feeley’s pride ( 3rd stringers have pride?) will keep him from coming back.
    I love the move Garcia has proved he can thrieve in our offense and he already knows it all. Just call Reggie Brown plays Kevin Curtis plays and Daunte Stallworth plays Desean Jackson plays mix in some wildcat and hes ready.
    And if Donovan cant go this week and Kolb continues to suck maybe Garcia can get his revenge against the Saints.

  19. axeman54jt says: Sep 14, 2009 5:48 PM

    hopefully garcia wont touch jamal jacksons privates before the snap because we all know garcia is gay via T.O.

  20. AD4MVP says: Sep 14, 2009 5:49 PM

    And boom goes the dynamite

  21. Ocelot138 says: Sep 14, 2009 5:49 PM

    Thanks for the comment, Fudlow.
    I didn’t know this forum had such an echo.
    I guess dumb comments carry better.

  22. Cobra Commander says: Sep 14, 2009 5:50 PM

    All the pro-Vick supporters feel pretty ignorant right about now.

  23. twinkletoes says: Sep 14, 2009 5:51 PM

    On a related note with respect to Garcia, it should be disconcerting to the Raiders that he thought so little of them to request his own release. Yet, less than two weeks later, he signs on the dotted line with the Eagles. So, even though there was less between him and a starting opportunity in Oakland, Garcia signed on with Philly, knowing that Mcnabb and eventually, Vick would be ahead of him on the depth chart. The Raider Nation will find out if he was right later on tonight against the Bolts.

  24. richraybirdman says: Sep 14, 2009 5:51 PM

    Makes sense….McRibb must be really hurt if they shopped a QB. Also, they must not have faith in Kolb if they are getting another QB.

  25. DildoBaggins says: Sep 14, 2009 5:55 PM

    Vick isn’t back for two weeks; if McNabb is out, who comes in if Kolb gets hurt during the game next week?
    It’s simple math people, and Florio, don’t try and spin the Vick angle on this you know better man.

  26. EskinSux says: Sep 14, 2009 5:55 PM

    Fludlow says:
    September 14, 2009 5:38 PM
    They trained A.J. in their system for the better part of 8 seasons, and cut him a week before they needed him most.
    ——————————————-
    Ummmm……..You do realize they traded him to the Dolphins in 2004 where he played 2 years and spent one year in San Diego right?

  27. metalhead0043 says: Sep 14, 2009 5:57 PM

    I don’t know why people are getting worked up over AJ Feeley. He sucks. He throws more picks than TD’s. Yes he managed the game against the Patriots very well, but he also cost us that game, and the following one against the Seahawks, by throwing 7 interceptions across 8 quarters of play, two years before Delhomme did it. I don’t particularly like either guy in this situation but we will have to make due.

  28. gwinn1952 says: Sep 14, 2009 5:58 PM

    Wow…..can hardly believe. No response to Eagles signing a 39 year old QB who isn’t even half the QB that Brett is and the vikings received all kinds of grief. That said: Garcia did a nice job for them the last time and thought he should have signed with them instead of Tampa. Not sure what went on in Oakland that he couldn’t beat out Russell but should do okay for the Eagles.

  29. Vet735 says: Sep 14, 2009 6:01 PM

    We need to get all these white liberals off their Michael Vick boner. Move on, move on.

  30. wydok says: Sep 14, 2009 6:02 PM

    I wonder who the Eagles will cut.

  31. fellorio says: Sep 14, 2009 6:02 PM

    Thanks for nothing

  32. scorpiodsu says: Sep 14, 2009 6:03 PM

    Are you guys idiots or what? This doesn’t mean anything is worst with McNabb’s injury. This means that they don’t full trust Kolb for the next 2 games AND they need another active QB on the roster. Before Garcia, they would only have Kolb. Can’t go into a game with 1 QB. And you get Garcia because he can run a west coast offense and Kolb will be on a short leash. McNabb will be back after the bye and Garcia will be cut. Plain and simple. Did you think they were going to get JP Losman or Brooks Bollinger? They wanted Feely back but he took a better opportunity in Carolina and I can’t blame him. He can start there next week. Garcia is insurance for the next 2 weeks if Kolb can’t get it done.

  33. danlinker says: Sep 14, 2009 6:07 PM

    All Garcia does is win. It always amazes me when a team cuts or releases him. Smart move on the Eagles part. That is, if they like wins.

  34. swoopnc says: Sep 14, 2009 6:10 PM

    Should have kept Garcia instead of Feely the first time. And Fludlow, Garcia runs this offense a lot better than Feely!! Feely is a good guy, but never got it as a starter. So, yeah, I guess we got what we deserve huh! He signed with the Panthers because it is a long term for him. And based on the boos from Panther fans I heard while I was at the game yesterday, Feely will probably be starting soon! Hey Fludlow, did you get that or should I post it three more times???

  35. Fludlow says: Sep 14, 2009 6:12 PM

    Alright, call it 6 years. Probably more like 7 though.

  36. Bob Nelson says: Sep 14, 2009 6:12 PM

    Rosenthal, What the hell do you mean “taking on Garcia with his baggage”??
    What the hell is this baggage??
    You ought to explain yourself before just sliming someone.
    Garcia has no baggage. Certainly not until you can find anything that constitutes “baggage”.
    Get to the point of character assinating insinuation.

  37. wydok says: Sep 14, 2009 6:18 PM

    I don’t understand the Vick comments. Vick can’t play against the Saints, and won’t be ready to start against KC. It’s not like they can just throw him in the game.
    This is a sign that the Eagles are unsure about KOLB, not VICK.

  38. smilergrogan says: Sep 14, 2009 6:30 PM

    scorpio above is exactly right. garcia is a short term insurance policy, unless don is out long term for some reason. i’m sure they are prepared to ride the season with kolb as #2 especially in the somewhat likely event, in my view, that vick’s previous shortcomings as a qb make him an untenable option for this season.

  39. penguininbondage says: Sep 14, 2009 6:32 PM

    Not the worst move they could have made. Clearly they needed another QB for this week and possibly the following.
    Kolb does seem to be on the short list of a career ending path. Kind of reminds me of Bobby Hoying, such promiose and went down in flames.

  40. dldavidlong says: Sep 14, 2009 6:35 PM

    haha! you guys make everything a controversy. mcnabb might not play and vick can’t play yet. they need a backup. that is all the garcia signing is. the eagles will cut garcia as soon a mcnabb heals or vick is able to play.

  41. EskinSux says: Sep 14, 2009 6:50 PM

    Kolb does seem to be on the short list of a career ending path. Kind of reminds me of Bobby Hoying, such promiose and went down in flames.
    ———————————————–
    Hell, i’m an Eagles fan……What promise? He’s thrown 45 passes in the NFL and had 4 pics…He’s a wasted 2nd round draft pick yeah, but what promise?……How can hardly playing show any promise?

  42. redsquare says: Sep 14, 2009 6:52 PM

    I don’t think they sign a veteran, perfectly legitimate starting QB just for an insurance policy for one game. This isn’t about Kolb alone, it’s about Vick too. Sure, the Eagles are in a bit of a bind, but they can’t make it through one game with a sore McNabb and their two backup QBs? No, this is because they’re more than worried about what comes next.
    Remember, they signed Vick sight-unseen in a bizarre, emotional rush. Now they’ve seen him work out, play in the preseason, and after the first game, they’re signing a veteran who’s a better QB than he is. How quickly the unraveling is beginning! Instant karma’s gonna get you.
    @Vet735: you sound nervous! Why so agitated? Ha! Your man-crush Vick is going to leave the fans flaccid, just you wait. He couldn’t lead a franchise built around him, he was never a very good QB, and now he’s past his prime. There’ll be a few sparks, but the fire won’t catch.

  43. tpatsfanx says: Sep 14, 2009 6:55 PM

    uh-oh downagain mcbad. too bad this didn’t happen during the playoffs so the eagles would have to play garcia and win some of the games that mcbad seems to choke on…

  44. leatherneck says: Sep 14, 2009 7:14 PM

    Jeff Garcia is a very fine quarterback. Maybe he is not a Super Bowl champion, but neither is McNabb, Vick, Feeley, Kolb, Delhomme, Luke McCown, or Matt Moore.

  45. beachgirl1080 says: Sep 14, 2009 7:19 PM

    i think it is a great move on the eagle’s part. reid has said several times that vick wasn’t signed to be a back up quarterback. he isn’t a threat to mcnabb’s job. i agree that feeley deserves to go to another team that could put him to use because he is decent. but kolb struggles even in practice so they needed a more solid back up. so, it’s mcnabb-1, garcia-2, kolb-3. pretty solid choice considering what a capable quarterback garcia is.

  46. sn@ke says: Sep 14, 2009 7:24 PM

    Great signing, I’ll take Garcia over AJ any day….I’m not sure what all of you anti-Eagles fans are so happy about. This is a great move, so they cut Reggie Brown or some other garbage receiver and keep Garcia in a few weeks….big deal. Vick is more of a wildcat guy than a true back up at this point, Kolb is not ready to start.

  47. Pantherfan10 says: Sep 14, 2009 7:40 PM

    I doubt Feeley will threaten for the starting job. Its an offense he’s new to, his career completion percentage is a whopping 4-5% lower than Delhomme.
    If they weren’t that high on Matt Moore I don’t think they would of kept him around. He’s a project guy and I think the coaching staff realizes this. If they weren’t high on Moore, I believe the Panthers would of tried putting him on waivers and sneaking him onto the practice squad and kept Mcnown around.

  48. famucancer says: Sep 14, 2009 7:42 PM

    Poor haters…anything to help you sleep at night! LOL…as if McNabb OR Vick is looking over their shoulder at Garcia….BWA HAHAHAHAHA.

  49. pkrlvr says: Sep 14, 2009 7:43 PM

    vet715, I was just about to blast you for your stupid stereotype when my massive white liberal boner knocked the computer off my lap……

  50. CowboysFan#1 says: Sep 14, 2009 7:50 PM

    Wow….more QB drama to come in Philly….it will all implode by week 7….way to many ego’s….I wonder what McNibble is thinking right about now.

  51. Route36West says: Sep 14, 2009 7:54 PM

    hayward giablommi says:
    September 14, 2009 5:30 PM
    Huh?
    Don’t get me wrong, bringing in Garthia is a good move, but then why did the Eagles take the voluntary P.R. hit that comes from signing a sleazy, lying, scum of the earth, dog drowning felon?
    _________________________________
    I dont understand what your trying to say. They arent signing Garcia b/c they dont think Vick can play. They are signing Garcia b/c if Mcnabb cant play next week they have no backup for Kevin Kolb for the Saints game(Vick is still suspended). Also Garcia has expiernce in the philly offense and may be a better opition then Kolb if he struggles(Even tho the Eagles wont admitt that).

  52. Route36West says: Sep 14, 2009 8:04 PM

    I dont get you people. How does it mean Kolb era is over or Mcnabb is out for a while or the Eagles dont trust Vick?
    THEY HAVE NO BACKUP FOR KOLB NEXT WEEK IF DONOVAN CANT PLAY!!!
    Right now Vick is suspended for week 2 and Mcnabb might not be able to play. So that Leaves Kolb as the quarterback and no one to replace him if he struggles or gets injured.
    Garcia was the best free agent qb avaible in the open market. He has played well for the Eagles and knows there offense.
    They had to sign someone. Wouldnt you want your favorite team to sign the best available player to give them the best chance of winning? Or just sign a bum for no apparent reason instead of a former pro-bowler that is 6-1 as a starter for the Eagles?
    Garcia has already said he is ok with helping the Eagles anyway they need him too. If thats only being on the team for a few weeks until Mcnabb gets better or being a backup he’s fine with it. Andy Reid also said he doesnt know how long hes going to be on the team.
    Which means they both pretty much know he is only going to be here until Mcnabb gets better. Unless there is another injury or Kolb struggles badly.

  53. Fludlow says: Sep 14, 2009 8:19 PM

    Redsquare hit it on the nose… The word on the street is, Vick is still scary athletic after 2 years in the clink, but will NEVER be a starting QB in Philly. He’ll get on the field, and is a great wildcat threat, but if you think Donovan limits the passing game currently, you should have a look at what Vick would do to it. Add the fact that he’s currently out of shape, doesn’t know the system very well, and suspended. Not awesome.
    Try as they may, Kolb isn’t prepared to lead this offense. Not now, perhaps never. We’ll know more after this weekend, when he’ll have to put some points on the board to keep the birds in it. Don’t hold your breath.
    Save a few key interceptions, Feeley actually opened the offense up when he played, and he won games. He knew the system inside and out, and looked stellar while playing with scrubs this preseason. There is a reason the Iggs drafted him, and happily paid him to return. Would anyone rather have Kolb at the helm than AJ? If so, why? I guarentee Banner and Andy really wish AJ was still parked on that roster right now, or they will Sunday night. Instead, they get Jeff Garcia and his leather pants.
    Maybe the Iggs can wildcat themselves to the playoffs.

  54. Route36West says: Sep 14, 2009 8:21 PM

    Fludlow:
    The Eagles got what they deserved. They did Feeley wrong with their gamble, and are now gonna pay the price dearly. They trained A.J. in their system for the better part of 8 seasons, and cut him a week before they needed him most. Well played boys, well played. McNabb, Vick, Garcia & Kolb? Its gonna get awkward!
    __________________________________
    What the hell are you talking about?
    What makes this akward? The Eagles only have 1 Qb next week. Thats Kevin Kolb so they needed a backup. They went out and got Garcia b/c he is 6-2 as a starter with the Eagles .
    Eagles 21-45 Colts(Superbowl Winners that Year)
    Eagles27-24Panthers
    Eagles21-19Redskins
    Eagles36-22Giants
    Eagles23-7Cowboys
    Eagles24-17Falcons
    Playoffs
    Eagles23-20Giants
    Eagles24-27Saints
    He was the best player available to back up Kolb this week against the Saints. Also can be the emergency QB for Kolb and Vick 2 weeks from now against the Chiefs. All depending on if Mcnabb cant go the next to weeks.

  55. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 14, 2009 8:51 PM

    the team isn’t too confident in Michael Vick’s progress as a true option at quarterback.
    ———–
    All the pro-Vick supporters feel pretty ignorant right about now.
    ———–
    I wonder who the Eagles will cut.
    ———-
    Pretty self explanatory.

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  57. Mr. Diesel says: Sep 14, 2009 8:55 PM

    So, you’re the lead writer for NBC Sports football, huh? Way to do research, guy.
    The Eagles treated Garcia very, very well. They let him go for him to be a STARTER.
    Nice try, bro.

  58. Smush Rodrigez says: Sep 14, 2009 9:35 PM

    redsquare says:
    September 14, 2009 6:52 PM
    I don’t think they sign a veteran, perfectly legitimate starting QB just for an insurance policy for one game.
    ***
    You people are crazy (except some of the sane ones line route36west and scorpio).
    Do you expect them to go into the game THIS sunday with one QB with no experience? THe game is 6 days away. Not a lot of time to learn an offense in case of emergency… Unless, they were to get someone who knows the offense. GENIUS!
    What everyone does not seem to realize is that the Eagles could have cut Kolb and signed Garcia at any time if that was the real issue. They could have cut Vick as well. Fact is that they need a backup QB for Kolb until McNabb is back. Pretty simple guys.
    Ok, and for the record: AJ and Garcia stink as starters (at this point). Garcia could not start for the Raiders. They are both good backups.

  59. urworstnitemare says: Sep 15, 2009 11:56 AM

    Oh NO, McNabbs Mama won’t allow this to happen.

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