This would be a terrible blow to the legitimacy of the United Football League if fans in Omaha had one of the signature players of the Nighthawks ripped from its roster and placed back in the NFL.
Just one day after Garcia and the Nighthawks pulled off another come from behind win to move to 2-0 in the UFL, Nighthawks recap from Josh Odson reports are now surfacing that the Philadelphia Eagles have interest in the 40 year old quarterback, after Michael Vick was injured in the team’s loss to Washington and former quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Just to rehash the Philly saga. They traded McNabb to a division rival saying they have faith in Kevin Kolb as their new starter. In week one, he looked awful and suffered a concussion. Michael Vick comes in and sparks the Eagles and holds onto the starting job, until he goes out with a rib injury yesterday. Kolb goes back in and looks just as awful as he did in week one.
Now, the name that is surfacing is Garcia. Sure Garcia would like to get back to the NFL, it is the only legit football league and Garcia is using Omaha and the UFL to show NFL teams he can still play. So despite Garcia saying in August, “My commitment is here to Omaha for the season. I signed a contract, and my understanding of it is that I didn’t ask for an out in case anything would happen in the NFL. I don’t know how that would be handled if an NFL team did approach the Nighthawks, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m going to stand behind my word and my signature,” he could still bolt for the NFL.
While the goal of the UFL is to serve markets with quality football at affordable prices, it would certainly be a big blow to the Omaha fan base if their top quarterback was gone for the NFL after just two weeks. This is an important issue to watch. I believe if Garcia jumps ship and heads back to the NFL, it will further cement in people’s minds that there is only one pro football league worth the time and effort of the fans and that is the NFL. A league cannot sustain a fan base if it’s marquee players are going to be allowed to be cherry picked off squads during the season.
Now, I will give the UFL credit, that did not happen in it’s first season, but players were let out of their contracts after the season ended in November despite being signed through February. Allowing Garcia to leave Omaha in October could be a slippery slope that the UFL may want to avoid if they want their league to survive.