Jeff Garcia, Cleveland: The Browns finally put an end to the Tim Couch-Kelly Holcomb shuffle by acquiring the top quarterback on the market. Garcia is mobile and accurate and stays away from the big mistake (he’s averaged 11 interceptions a season over his career). In other words, he’s everything Couch and Holcomb aren’t. Garcia will also have an enticing new target in rookie tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.
Prediction: Garcia is a perfect fit who will lead the Browns back to the playoffs.
Terrell Owens and Jevon Kearse, Philadelphia: Desperate to get over the NFC Championship game hump, the Eagles landed a huge name on each side of the ball. Here’s the only problem: Kearse may have a good heart, but he no longer has the wheels. And while Owens is a physical marvel, he is one of the worst locker room influences in football.
Prediction: Kearse and Owens won’t be the difference and the Eagles still won’t make the Super Bowl. The signings will remind the Eagles why they didn’t like to spend money in the first place.
—Michael Felger, The Boston Herald “Mix and match? Offseason moves in question”
The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl following the 2004 season, eventually losing to the New England Patriots.
Jeff Garcia started 10 games in his only season with the Browns, finishing with a 3-7 record. The Browns finished 4-12 and missed the playoffs. The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002. 14 QBs have started for the Browns since Garcia: Luke McCown, Kelly Holcomb, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden, Thaddeus Lewis, Jason Campbell, and Brian Hoyer.