Jeff Garcia, a man coveted by many a Vikings fan as a more dynamic alternative to the Tarvaris Jackson/Sage Rosenfels QB duo, appears close to signing a contract to become the back-up quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. “They’ve got their quarterback [in JaMarcus Russell], but [Garcia will] bring something to that team in terms of attitude, working, being on top of things,” an insider raved to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. He’ll also bring a 39-year-old body, an arm that most believe is edging into noodle territory and a tendency to wear out his welcome.
I personally was never hugely sold on Garcia for the Vikes except as a last-ditch option. At this point, I’d rather take my chances with a younger guy like Sage, who has a chance to catch on and be your starter for two or three years. We’ve had enough old guys at the end of their run. Of course, I’ll probably have to eat those words if Garcia ends up the starter in Oakland and starts winning a bunch of games for them. But I’m not too worried.