NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports the Philadelphia Eagles have signed veteran free-agent QB Jeff Garcia, according to a league source.
Garcia, 39, played sparingly during the preseason due to a sore calf muscle before he was released by the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 5.
With starting QB Donovan McNabb nursing a fractured rib, and his playing status not likely to be determined until later in the week, Garcia joins an Eagles team that has only one other QB on the active roster in backup Kevin Kolb. Kolb will likely start this week if McNabb is unable to play, creating a situation where Garcia could be the team’s No. 2 QB against the Saints.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday the team had no plans to activate suspended QB Michael Vick from the exempt list this week, which would have allowed him to practice. Vick is eligible to return in Week 3.
While McNabb isn’t ruling himself out, Garcia — who played for Reid and the Eagles in 2006 — provides a familiar insurance policy.
The Eagles were one of at least two teams — the Carolina Panthers were another — who contacted the representatives for free agent QB A.J. Feeley on Monday, according to La Canfora. Feeley, who was released by the Eagles last week, was believed to be mulling his options.