October 6 Philadelphia Daily News:
“The Eagles are not looking to add a quarterback or a running back right now, a source close to the situation said yesterday.
That would seem to indicate that the team views the injuries to quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy as short term, no more than a few weeks.
If Vick’s rib cartilage tear is going to keep him out more than a few weeks, the Eagles would seem to need a veteran backup quarterback to play behind Kevin Kolb. The only other quarterback on the roster is rookie Mike Kafka.
That has led to speculation that Jeff Garcia could be available for his third tour of duty with the Eagles. Garcia was brought in last year when Donovan McNabb was out for 2 weeks with a rib injury.
The potential complication this time is that Garcia is playing for the Omaha Nighthawks, of the United Football League, and playing quite well. Terms of his contract would require any NFL team interested in him to buy out his UFL contract by paying the Nighthawks $150,000 and then the move must be approved by the UFL.
Garcia, however, said any suggestion that he is returning to the Eagles, or the NFL right now, is just speculation.
“I know I signed a contract committing myself to the Omaha Nighthawks,” Garcia told the Omaha World-Herald. “If there is a way out of it, I don’t know the fine print. And it’s not something I’m investigating right now.”
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