Given the lack of depth at quarterback around the league, it was only a matter of time until 41-year-old Jeff Garcia got a chance to play.
The Houston Texans snapped him up Tuesday, adding him to a roster that includes T.J. Yates and Jake Delhomme. The team released Kellen Clemens.
Garcia last played in 2009 and will be the No. 3 quarterback. Over 11 well-traveled seasons, he has passed for 25,537 yards and 161 touchdowns (with 83 interceptions) with San Francisco, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia (two stints), Tampa Bay and Oakland. (He also played in the CFL and UFL.)
The Garcia move makes sense, given his past history with Greg Knapp, the Texans’ quarterbacks coach, in San Francisco from 1999-2003. Houston’s QB carousel was put in motion when Matt Schaub was lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury.
The Texans made another move Tuesday, bringing in punter Matt Turk to replace Brett Hartmann, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament Sunday. Turk punted for the Redskins from 1995-99.