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Garcia Heading Back To The Bay?

Quarterback Jeff Garcia, a former starter for the San Francisco 49ers, could soon be playing for the team that resides on the other side of the Bay. We’re told that Garcia has drawn the interest of the Raiders, and that he possibly could be added to the team in the not-too-distant future. No deal has been done yet, and as far as we know no offer has been made. But it’s the closest Garcia has come to signing with a new team since hitting the market on February 27. Garcia, 39, played in the CFL before joining the 49ers in 1999. After five years in San Fran, during which he started 71 of 80 regular-season games, he spent a disappointing year in Cleveland followed by a disappointing year in Detroit. He seemed to revitalize his career by leading the Eagles on an unlikely playoff run in 2006, after Donovan McNabb was lost for the year with a hernia. Suddenly the toast of Philly, the Eagles didn’t bring Garcia back for a second season -- possibly because McNabb felt threatened by Garcia’s popularity. Garcia signed a relatively modest two-year deal with the Bucs in early 2007, and created a stink last year, wanting more money. Benched early in the 2008 season, Garcia nearly led the Buccaneers to the playoffs for a second straight season, but the team opted to sever ties with him. In Oakland, Garcia would join a roster that currently includes JaMarcus Russell, Andrew Walter, and Bruce Gradkowski.