Associated Press



3/12/2005

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions and quarterback Jeff Garcia have agreed to terms on a one year contract, team officials said Saturday.



The terms of the deal were not disclosed.



Garcia was released by the Cleveland Browns on Feb. 22. He completed 144 of 253 passes for 1,731 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 starts last season.



The former Calgary Stampeders star earned his second straight Pro Bowl selection in 2001 with San Francisco under then-49ers coach - and current Lions coach - Steve Mariucci.





The quarterback completed 62.7 per cent of his passes and accumulated 3,538 yards and 32 touchdowns that year.



His addition should provide immediate competition for starter Joey Harrington. The former first-round pick was booed often at home and challenged regularly by Mariucci in 2004 and has been inconsistent throughout his career.



The Lions made it an off-season priority to find a veteran backup. They also lost reserve QB Mike McMahon, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.