Deals Done For Gaffney and Garcia

The Eagles actually added two wide receivers on Wednesday, first re-signing Darnerien McCants and then adding Jabar Gaffney. Gaffney signed as a free agent, coming over from the Houston Texans. Meanwhile, the long anticipated deal with quarterback Jeff Garcia is now official.

Even with the release of wide receiver Terrell Owens, the wideout spot is getting pretty crowded at Lincoln Financial Field, thanks in part, to the signing of another Drew Rosenhaus client, Jabar Gaffney. Gaffney joins the newly re-signed Darnerien McCants, Reggie Brown, Todd Pinkston, Greg Lewis and Billy McMullen in competition for playing time with the Eagles.

In Houston, Gaffney started all but 14 games over his four year career with the Texans. It remains to be seen where he'll fit in the scheme of the Eagles wide receiver corps.

"Jabar has good hands and is a precise route runner," said Andy Reid. "He has the ability to line up in the slot. We're excited to add him to the mix at the wide receiver position."

Drafted with the first pick in the second round of the 2002 Draft, Gaffney joins his cousin Lito Sheppard on the Eagles roster. Sheppard, who played with Gaffney at the University of Florida, went to the Eagles in the first round of the same draft.

Gaffney had a career-high 55 catches last season in Houston.

Jeff Garcia played for the Detroit Lions last season and has three Pro Bowl selections to his credit. He's thrown for over 19,000 yards over seven NFL seasons and among active NFL quarterbacks with over 2,700 pass attempts, he ranks fourth in quarterback rating with a a career mark of 85.8. Garcia is best known for his time in San Francisco when he became the first Niners quarterback to post back-to-back 30-plus touchdown seasons.

The 36 year old Garcia is reunited with Eagles assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who served in the same capacity with the 49'ers for part of Garcia's time there. "He's a very smart player and is very familiar with our offensive system. He'll be a great back-up to Donovan," explained Reid.

Both Gaffney and Garcia signed one-year deals.


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