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Jeff Garcia tells the Browns he’s available

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Jeff Garcia, the 43-year-old quarterback who hasn’t thrown an NFL pass in five years, is interested in a comeback with the Browns.

Garcia told 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland that he would be interested in playing for the Browns, who are currently deciding between Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell as their starter.

“I actually reached out to the Browns and said ‘work me out, take a look, I’m open to the opportunity,'” Garcia said, via Keith Britton.

The Browns were apparently not interested, which is not surprising, considering the last time Garcia threw a pass in the NFL was in 2008 for the Buccaneers. Garcia (who played for the Browns in 2004) has attempted to stay in football into his 40s and has spent time with the Raiders, Eagles and Texans along with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

When we last heard from Garcia he was working with JaMarcus Russell and talking up Russell’s chances of returning to the NFL, but Garcia didn’t sound too high on Russell when speaking to 92.3 The Fan today. Garcia said he helped Russell get into shape early this year and believed that Russell was serious about an NFL comeback, but according to Garcia, Russell “got soft” after they stopped working together.

“I just don’t know if that fire, that hunger, continued to burn,” Garcia said of Russell. “That’s the unfortunate thing because that three months that he was with us, he really committed himself.”

It sounds like we can safely say neither Russell nor Garcia will return to the NFL.

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86 Responses to “Jeff Garcia tells the Browns he’s available”
  1. scoops1 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    That’s Funny…cause Jeff George said the exact same thing….

    as did Christian Ponder…

    JaMarcus Russell

    Vince Young

  2. supdawg77 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    eh… only if he brings Carmella with him…

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Jamarcus’ first mistake was deciding to work with a guy that is more interested in talking about the job for himself than his protege.

  4. browns627 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    trade gordon to skins for cousins..no need for garcia

  5. whoisedgy says: Oct 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    I’d rather have Bernie or Vinnie.

  6. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 22, 2013 3:49 PM

    Just give Campbell the ball and let’s see what he can do. Campbell was doing a good job for the Raiders before he got injured.

  7. realitypolice says: Oct 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:46 PM
    Jamarcus’ first mistake was deciding to work with a guy that is more interested in talking about the job for himself than his protege.

    So you think THAT was Jamarcus’ first mistake? I think he made one or two before that.

  8. yanksbills says: Oct 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    Not before Tebow. And we all know the chances of that happening.

  9. rickspielmanisacharlatan says: Oct 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    Wow, how bad is Minnesota that Jeff didn’t mention my team?

  10. corkspop says: Oct 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    If he’s sincere….. and in shape…… I’d like to hear how he does in a real workout. He can sure read a defense.

  11. vertekal says: Oct 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    Someone give Don Strock a call

  12. helix828 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    I’m pretty sure “that hunger” was one of JaMarcus’s problems to begin with.

  13. rowdymon says: Oct 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    I mean, would it hurt to bring him in for a tryout? He actually knows that he should release the ball when someone is open. Not sure our current QBs realize that.

  14. scrp2 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    While your at it, might as well take a look at Dan Pastorini.

  15. hakunamangata says: Oct 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    All this time I was thinking the reason I hadn’t made it onto an nfl roster was due to my lack of athletic ability but now thanks to Mr. Garcia I realize it was simply because I never called and asked!

  16. boltfan29 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    Cocaine’s one hell of a drug.

  17. cornerstone2001 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:02 PM

    It’s criminal that Tebow hasnt been a shot this year. He’s better than half the stiffs at QB right now and is a WINNER !

  18. slick1ru2 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:05 PM

    Yeah, I don’t see that gig working out at NFL AM. He’s just too wooden, although he definitely knows football.

  19. isphet71 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:05 PM

    Clevelands’ chances are about the same as Garcia’s. Sounds like a perfect fit to me.

  20. humanlawndart says: Oct 22, 2013 4:10 PM

    ………waiting for the punch line

  21. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 22, 2013 4:11 PM

    I heard that Craig Morton would like another shot or Eddie LeBaron.

  22. godofwine330 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:11 PM

    Sport is hard to give up isnt’ it? People talked about Favre, but any player outside of Robert Smith, Barry Sanders & Jim Brown only retires because no one wants them anymore, not because they don’t want to or believe that they can play anymore. Garcia falls into that category. And even HE would be better than Tebow.

  23. rmb3005 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    Sure Jeff, we need you (not).

  24. sikologik says: Oct 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    @browns627, Cousins for Gordon? That trade doesn’t make sense for Washington in ANY solar system, let alone this one.

  25. victorycruz says: Oct 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    I heard Joe Montana is still available.

  26. coltzfan166 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    It’s been 5 years since he’s played. It’s too late now. But I feel like he was run out of the league sooner than he should have been. His last season as a starter yielded a 9-7 record.

  27. eaglefan94 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    @scoops1

    It’s safe to say that Garcia had far more success in his NFL career than George, Ponder, Russell and Young.

  28. JSpicoli says: Oct 22, 2013 4:15 PM

    There are few humans with more ego and less pigment than Jeff Garcia.

    Dude would have a chance to start in OAK eventually , due to injury, but he couldn’t keep his lisping rant about how he should start holstered and got cut for being a cancer.

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    realitypolice:

    True, but I’m merely speaking from the POV revolving around his “comeback” attempt. I’m looking at it as he busted his way out and now he has a second chance to get back in, and I question his heart as much as Garcia does. If Jamarcus wants in bad enough, then he needs to figure out how and who might be able to help him and I’m not seeing Garcia as being the best match for that goal.

  30. brownmud says: Oct 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    It would be a heck of a lot more entertaining to watch Jeff rather then Weeden.

    Campbell is no better, neither will be on the team next year. We’ll draft two qb’s, bring in another vet and Hoyer next year. Hopefully one of them will pan out.

  31. 6ball says: Oct 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    .

    LOL.. Don Strock, Dan Pastorini

    .

  32. boltfansmith says: Oct 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    Jeff Garcia looks like Robo-cop without the helmet!!!

  33. jtylert says: Oct 22, 2013 4:20 PM

    It’d be good to have Garcia on the roster to mentor all their young talent at quarterback… wait…

  34. jason9696 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:25 PM

    You have to admire his desire to play again. Even though you know it’s never going to happen.

  35. packerman1968 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    Favre or Garcia, that would be the question.

  36. fordmandalay says: Oct 22, 2013 4:30 PM

    realitypolice | Oct 22, 2013, 12:51 PM MST
    thestrategyexpert says:
    Oct 22, 2013 3:46 PM
    Jamarcus’ first mistake was deciding to work with a guy that is more interested in talking about the job for himself than his protege.

    So you think THAT was Jamarcus’ first mistake? I think he made one or two before that.
    —————————————————————
    Yeah, I’m guessing on JaMarcus’s official list that’s at about mistake #187,932. And counting.

  37. mackcarrington says: Oct 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    Dude’s 43. At age 43 most cats don’t want to get hit the way they did when they were 23. He needs money.

  38. chief67 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    Vinny Testaverde , is fueled up and ready to go !

  39. slik1akaguru says: Oct 22, 2013 4:33 PM

    COME ON MAN!!!

  40. bigtimebrownie says: Oct 22, 2013 4:33 PM

    I knew it! This has been the plan all along!

  41. lifelongbrownsfan says: Oct 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Wait…Jeff Garcia is still alive?

  42. stoytashaan says: Oct 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    Jaworski is willing to take less money in a move to Cleveland.

    I also heard that…

    Oops, I thought I was on the ESPN Classic Blog.

  43. saggysack says: Oct 22, 2013 4:53 PM

    What, Brian Sipe doesn’t wan’t a shot?

  44. sandersmarcus10 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    Stop it Jeff just be stay retired

  45. queeflatifah says: Oct 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    Uncle Rico just sent the browns his vhs tape of himself throwing footballs outside his van

  46. brettfavresmidget says: Oct 22, 2013 4:59 PM

    Jeff is fiery!

  47. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 22, 2013 5:02 PM

    How about Gordon, Bess, and Little stop dropping passes?!?

  48. chiadam says: Oct 22, 2013 5:05 PM

    I’d rather stare at Nicole Zaloumis’ rack all day. Garcia isn’t thinking clearly.:

  49. bklion says: Oct 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    Please take him! Anything to get him off the airwaves!

  50. bradyisbest says: Oct 22, 2013 5:25 PM

    he is flat busted BROKE!

  51. slippery1 says: Oct 22, 2013 5:26 PM

    You’re all missing out on the obvious solution…….Tim Couch is still out there.

  52. nologoforme says: Oct 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    Butch Davis thought you could help in 2004 when you were 34 and you think you can help now at 43????
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  53. 737driver69 says: Oct 22, 2013 5:28 PM

    While at it, the last time I checked, Terry Bradshaw is available

  54. thegregwitul says: Oct 22, 2013 5:39 PM

    Jeff, if you still want to play football, give the Minnesota Vikings a call. Last night they pulled a fan out of the crowd and let him have the entire game to show off his stuff and he managed to complete just about 35% of his pass attempts. At least I hope that was a fan, because that wasn’t a professional QB I watched for three hours.

  55. bennyb82 says: Oct 22, 2013 5:40 PM

    The Browns turned down his offer but then probably called Archie Manning.

  56. audient says: Oct 22, 2013 5:42 PM

    Can Jeff still throw? Can Carmella still kick?

  57. 52ismycopilot says: Oct 22, 2013 5:48 PM

    Does anyone else think Garcia looks like Dr. Evil??

  58. rainponcho87 says: Oct 22, 2013 5:48 PM

    I have no idea whether a 43 year old Garcia could do much. But I bet the age limit on being an effective NFL quarterback is now beyond 40. I think you will see that before too long. Take a guy who doesn’t rely heavily on arm strength and/or running, who is a pocket passer who is great at reading defenses, and that guy would probably be decent beyond age 40. Drew Brees for example.

  59. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Oct 22, 2013 5:48 PM

    Dude would have a chance to start in OAK eventually , due to injury, but he couldn’t keep his lisping rant about how he should start holstered and got cut for being a cancer.

    ———————

    This is only half true. Jeff Garcia was signed in 2009 and after seeing JaMarcus and his work ethic wanted to be the starter. He kept on saying he was a competitor and wanted a competition. After Al wouldn’t do that, he asked to be released. He wasn’t a cancer he wanted to push everyone to be the best. Ironically Bruce (Almighty) Gradkowski ended up taking over since Russel’s play was so awful

  60. araidersfan says: Oct 22, 2013 5:52 PM

    Maybe Willie Beamen is available?

  61. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    Signing him is probably a better idea than starting Weeden.

  62. harrycanyon says: Oct 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    It’s time that teams get serious about developing back up QBs. Why have guys on your team, pay them good money, and don’t trust them to play when their times comes. Might has well just throw a running back out there and run the wild cat exclusively. Sad that a better option than most available young QBS is a 43 yr old.

    Cut to T.O. coming out of retirement any second now.

  63. gudy2shoes says: Oct 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    Meh… It couldn’t hurt!

  64. jimeejohnson says: Oct 22, 2013 6:05 PM

    Garcia just wants to be closer to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

  65. furnhole says: Oct 22, 2013 6:11 PM

    Give him a shot. There’s a bunch of mediocre QBs in a position to start. At least he understands the NFL.

  66. td40 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:12 PM

    maybe I’m imagining things, but I seem to remember him making comments to the effect that he would never play for the Browns again. He had a very bad stint there and was more or less run out of town on a rail. I remember a lot of animosity. It sems he’s desperate for $$$ and probably ready to beg for work from any team that looks like they’re desperate for a QB.

  67. bensstinkyfingers says: Oct 22, 2013 6:18 PM

    Yeah I’d rather have Favre dust off his wranglers, and give it a shot with the brownies. Signing Garcia would make a few browns fans happy, the ones still rockin Garcia jerseys at the stadium on sundays. I give them props for still wearing them though even if it has been nearly ten years with the team. THe browns will roll with the Weeden / Campbell option at Qb for the rest of the season, as Lombardi and Banner have no interest in winning this year obviously.

  68. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 22, 2013 6:26 PM

    Come back to Tampa Jeff!!

  69. vipod4ever says: Oct 22, 2013 6:29 PM

    McNabb for the win!…I’m serious!

  70. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:34 PM

    Seriously? Maybe I should call the Brownies Clownies. Lol..
    What’s up with their HC? He looks so stressed out everytime . I guess when you take over a pathetic franchise, that’s what happens

  71. jedimasterbates says: Oct 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    Brett Favre just shook his head.

  72. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    @bensstinkyfingers

    Your username represents how messed up the Clowns fans are. HELP!

  73. vitalpower says: Oct 22, 2013 6:48 PM

    My vote is Joe Kapp – the only QB to play in the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and Grey Cup….he will also take on any defensive linemen who take a cheap shot on our players….

  74. thetooloftools says: Oct 22, 2013 6:53 PM

    I would take Jeff back in a heartbeat. He got hosed here as all he did was run for his life as we had no O-line and then that idiot head coach Butch Davis said “he looks skiddish”. I would welcome Garcia as he knows offense and how to protect the football. Weeden is a bumpkin who will not “own” anything.
    The Browns front office want a reason to draft “their guy” at qb even if it means tanking games now that Hoyer is on the scrap heap for the rest of the year. It’s disappointing even if it is the right thing to do. I guess.

  75. truestory81 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    Neil O’Donnell is available

  76. bubba9er says: Oct 22, 2013 7:03 PM

    Isn’t Brandon Weeden older than Jeff Garcia? They could use a splash of youth with Garcia :)

    If Case Keenum started for the Bucks, Kellen Moore is probably available from the Lions… I’m just saying. Apparently having prototypical QB size doesn’t always spell success. Just ask Jamarcus…

  77. obmig says: Oct 22, 2013 7:16 PM

    Just give Campbell the ball and let’s see what he can do. Campbell was doing a good job for the Raiders before he got injured.

    They started the season 4-2 but he was not playing well. In their first 2 wins he averaged something like 115 yards a game. He isn’t an nfl qb. He has talent but he won’t let it go out on the field. He stands there and stares at the field until it’s too late then he checks down or takes a sack.

  78. bert1913 says: Oct 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    hey bret freebrave, don’t even think about it

  79. napavalleyshaun says: Oct 22, 2013 8:01 PM

    Cleveland, hit me up.

    Sincerely,

    Babe Laufenberg

  80. skinsfan91 says: Oct 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    While the Skins could use another legitimate threat besides Garcon. What we really need is a safety. I’m thinking a strong safety.

  81. dumbpollack says: Oct 22, 2013 8:27 PM

    Jeff Garcia. A stupid last ditch effort by Butch Davis to catch lightning in a bottle and save his job. I couldn’t stand that dude when he played for us. Holy smokes, we’ve sucked for so long. No thanks, Jeff.

  82. brento1499 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:53 PM

    not sure why garcia is getting so much hate in the comments.. guy was an absolute stud in SF before playing with MISERABLE browns and lions teams. then he had two awesome years with philly and tampa

  83. couchbasher says: Oct 22, 2013 9:58 PM

    He would be an improvement over anyone on the Browns roster… what does that say?

  84. edavidberg says: Oct 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    Browns are going to keep playing Weeden because they want the best possible pick in this draft. There are a couple three franchise QBs in it.

  85. frenzy95 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:07 PM

    @cornerstone2001 “It’s criminal that Tebow hasnt been a shot this year. He’s better than half the stiffs at QB right now and is a WINNER !”

    Tebow was given a shot this year by the Patriots and he didn’t make the team.

    The Broncos were winning despite Tebow, so please stop with bring in Tim Tebow. He gets sacked way too much, he can’t throw, he just can’t. He had games were he was 2 of 8 and 6 of 22!!! As bad as Weeden is, he is better than Tebow.

  86. thebus36 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:24 PM

    i feel bad for you brownie fans. you have a good d, but you trade your best offensive player for a late 1st rd pick? josh gordon has the potential to be an elite reciever but that wont matter until you get a qb.

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