To listen to talk at the NFL Combine, Garcia isn't going to find the respect that he would have figured to get as the top quarterback in the free agent class. One factor is that Garcia turned 37 Saturday and the conventional wisdom is that Garcia can't come in and take over a team and lead them to the playoffs even though that's basically what he did last season with the Eagles. The best that Garcia might hope for is that a team will give him a shot at competing with a younger quarterback to win the starting job. In other words, he would be in camp to push a younger player to the next level and likely wind up right back on the bench. One such opportunity could come in Denver, where the Broncos are expected to release Jake Plummer and look for a veteran to push Jay Cutler.
At one time, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings were both considered potential employers for Garcia. Talk at the Combine is that neither team has deemed Garcia to be the guy who can take over as their quarterback and improve their team. Tampa Bay and Oakland will be in the hunt for quarterbacks, but Garcia has said that he wants to play for a team that has a legitimate shot at going to the post-season, which would seem to eliminate both of those teams.
Meanwhile, the talk between the Eagles and Garcia's agent Steve Baker is sounding a little tougher. Baker said that if Garcia doesn't sign with the Eagles before free agency begins on Friday, it's unlikely that he'll return to the Eagles. For their part, the Eagles aren't commenting on Garcia or any of their pending free agents.