Garcia agrees to 1-year deal with Raiders
Quarterback Jeff Garcia is returning to the San Francisco Bay area - on the Oakland side of the bridge.
Garcia agreed to a 1-year contract with the Raiders Monday. The 39-year-old Garica will back up JaMarcus Russell.
Garcia had several offers during the off-season but clearly found a situation with two favorable criteria -- a shaky starter with a team close to his home in Gilroy, Calif. and just across the Bay Bridge, where he began his NFL career with the 49ers.
A starter in Tampa Bay the past two seasons, Garcia led the Bucs to a playoff appearance in 2007. He started the season opener at New Orleans last year but was benched in favor of Brian Griese because of calf and pinkie injuries. Garcia reclaimed his job at midseason and led the Bucs to a 9-3 start before the team collapsed down the stretch, losing all four games in December. Garcia missed an overtime loss at Atlanta during that period when he re-injured his calf musle.
An unrestricted free agent, Garcia was informed by the Bucs shortly after the end of the 2008 season that the team would be going another direction at quarterback.