According to ESPN, the Detroit Lions have come to terms with unrestricted free-agent quarterback Jeff Garcia.
The signing comes after Garcia milked the market for what it was worth, spending three weeks touring different locations before deciding on Detroit. League sources told LionsFans.com that the clincher was Garcia's ties to head coach Steve Mariucci, who coached his former pupil to three Pro Bowl's while in San Francisco.
After a one-year stint with Cleveland ended in his February release, Garcia considered Tampa Bay, Denver, and most recently Seattle before making his decision.
In six seasons as a starting quarterback, the first five with the 49ers, Garcia has completed 60 percent of his passes for 18,139 yards, 123 touchdown passes, 65 interceptions and a career passer rating of 87.2.
Garcia, 35, is expected to push current starter Joey Harrington for the same position. With a stellar supporting cast in place, the Lions want to motivate Harrington to finally succeed in the Motor City, and live up to his draft-day billing. Garcia will give him a run for his money -- literally.
With a wealth of west coast offense experience, primarily under the tutelage of Mariucci and new Lions' offensive coordinator Ted Tollner, Garcia will have every opportunity to supplant Harrington. Although Harrington remains penciled in at the position, the Lions patience is withering. The job could very well be determined in training camp.
The deal reportedly extends one-year worth $2 million.
The move immediately shores up the backup quarterback vacancy after the departure of Mike McMahon (Philadelphia) during the week.
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