McCants Re-Signs; Garcia Will Sign Soon

The Eagles stayed busy Wednesday, re-signing WR Darnerien McCants and putting an offer on the table to free agent quarterback Jeff Garcia. The former Lion is expected to accept the deal within the next day or so.

Even though Mike McMahon didn't exactly work out too well, the Eagles are again trusting the scouting report of Marty Mornhinweg to bring in another backup to Donovan McNabb. Jeff Garcia is in Philadelphia and is set to sign a deal with the Eagles within the next day or so. No details on the proposed deal are available at this time.

McMahon served as the backup to McMahon last season and was much maligned for his performance, leading the Eagles to seek a veteran quarterback to take over the backup role. Garcia's arrival means that either McMahon or third stringer Koy Detmer will be released. Word is that the staff is split on who to release, but that the team is leaning toward releasing Detmer.

The Eagles identified Garcia early on as a player that they would be interested in signing this off-season to bolster their bench.

Garcia has started 86 games over seven NFL seasons with the 49'ers, Browns and Lions and has an 85.8 career quarterback rating. He started five games last season for Detroit, completing 59% of his passes.

The 27-year old McCants (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) saw time as a wide receiver and special teams contributor for the Eagles in 2005. He posted 128 special teams production points, good enough for fourth on the team. He also caught five passes for 87 yards.

McCants spent his first four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins before signing with the Eagles just before the season opener in 2005. McCants played his college ball at Delaware State, where he led Division I-AA and set a school and conference record with 18 touchdowns in his senior season.


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