One small problem with Garcia.....HE WANTS TO BE A STARTER!! He will not accept a back-up role. For all intents and purposes, he can also be a better quaterback in this system than Harrington. I also doubt that he will be released by Cleveland next year since they signed him to a 4 year deal last year.
Everything that I've read and heard sugests Garcia could very well be released. He and the Browns are reportedly unhappy with each other. I think I can remember reading the Browns could avoid a 4 million hit by releasing him, but I don't know what that would mean in the way of "dead money" and the overall cap situation.
As for him not taking a backup role - who knows? It remains to be seen if there's a team that would offer him a starting job out of hand. He has alot more going against him than he did a year ago. I would think the Lions could honestly tell Garcia that the starting job is open for competition in Detroit, and have him consider it. Who knows what will happen - it's just a thought.
I just had a thought, and it may be entirely off-base, but maybe this is a ploy by Joey's agent. He as well as Joey realizes that Detroit doesn't appreciate the way that he is progressing, and is afraid of him being released next year. Instead of that, he may get a contract extention out of all of this. It just sounds fishy that Joey is going to get a contract extention, while he is taking a slight paycut, he is getting a contract to keep him here longer. Thoughts?
Makes sence to me. I don't know if anyone is being sneaky about it. The insentive for the Lions to restructure is obviously to get Harrington to a cap-healthy salary figure. The insentive for Harrington would be getting stronger job security. I'm sure his agent will be looking to get as much of that as he can, in exchange for the pay-cut they say they'll take.