The Browns have indicated they are going to release Garcia. He was a name that I know I definitely mentioned numerous times last year to be brought in to backup Vick. I think Garcia is still a quality starter in this league, but unfortunately injuries, inconsistency have hurt him the past two years. I also felt he wasn't a great fit for Cleveland's offense and he lacked the weapons and blocking up front to really be utilized well.
I know its doubtful Garcia will welcome a reserve job here in Atlanta with absolutely no upward mobility (meaning he won't get the chance to compete for a starting job), but I think the Falcons should at least query him.
I think Garcia eventually will end up in Detroit, where he will rejoin Mooch and compete with Harrington, but I think if the Lions do decide to pass on him, the Falcons should pursue.
I'm really skeptical of Vick's ability to stay healthy for an entire year. I'm also very skeptical of Matt Schaub's ability to lead this team to success. Schaub is not a bad QB, but from his performance this past year and the unlikelihood that he's going to improve astronomically in one off-season, I really don't think he's ready to be a more consistent winner than what we saw from Kittner and DJ in 2003. If Schaub started 16 games this upcoming season, I would really be surprised if this team won 5 or more games. It would really be a testament to Schaub, our running game, and our defense if that feat was accomplished.
That's why I'm really for us adding a veteran backup QB this off-season, that has a somewhat semi-proven record for success. I'm not looking for a guy that is going to cost $2M/yr. like say a Bledsoe or Warner, or whatever, but a guy that has tons of starting experience and has had some semblance of success. I like Tony Banks as of now. He's 21-14 as a starter since leaving St. Louis, meaning he knows how to come off the bench and win football games. If Banks started for this team next year for 16 games, I would expect this team to finish 7-9 or so. Not exactly division title success, but I think he puts us in a much better position than Schaub to be in the wildcard hunt.
But I just want to throw Garcia's name out there. I figure there is a very minimal chance he winds up in Atlanta (the salary alone would likely prevent it), but I think he's exactly the type of player we need to be signing here.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.