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- Eagles Sign QB Feeley to Extension

Chris Pokorny February 26, 2007
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In another sign that the Philadelphia Eagles will not retain quarterback Jeff Garcia, the team signed A.J. Feeley to a three-year contract extension on Sunday, which would keep him under contract through 2010. He realizes that he won't have a chance to be the team's starting quarterback with a player like Donovan McNabb ahead of him on the depth chart, but he loves the city he plays in.

"I love Philadelphia. I love the city. I love the organization," Feeley said. "It's where I want to be. It was a no-brainer for me in that regard. There's something to be said for being with a team you love everything about it."

With Garcia set to become a free agent this Friday, the extension for Feeley seems to ensure that they will let Garcia go.

"A.J. Feeley has been very productive as a quarterback in Philadelphia," said Eagles general manager Tom Heckert. "He's won some games at crucial times for this franchise and he gives us a great amount of confidence as a backup to Donovan McNabb. A.J.'s proven to be very comfortable in this offensive scheme and we look forward to having him in the fold for the next several years."

Garcia did a tremendous job reviving the Eagles season last year after McNabb went down with an injury. Garcia threw 10 touchdowns and two interceptions, which will entice teams to sign him in free agency as a starter or competitive backup quarterback. Feeley believes he could have duplicated Garcia's success if he had been given the opportunity instead.

"I think every quarterback in the same situation would feel that way," said Feeley. "If you don't feel like you're capable of playing, you shouldn't be in this business."

Feeley was originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Eagles in 2001. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004 for a second-round draft pick, and then later traded to the San Diego Chargers. Feeley returned to the Eagles for last season.

"To go to Miami and go through that fiasco was tough and then to go to San Diego and be the odd man out, it was tough," Feeley said. "For me, I look at it like it made me a better player. It made me stronger. It made me a little more dedicated. It made me smarter and it made me a better football player because I learned more offenses."

Feeley has thrown for 1,496 yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions during his career with the Eagles. In his entire career, he has thrown for 3,389 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions.

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