Cleveland Browns: 6 Worst free agent contracts since 1999

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BALTIMORE, MD – NOVEMBER 07: Jeff Garcia #5 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball during a NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 7, 2004 at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Browns Terrible Free Agency Signing No. 4 – Jeff Garcia

With how bad the Browns were for so long; it shouldn’t be a shock that another quarterback makes the list at No. 4. For many years, the solution used by the organization was to bring in a veteran to be the play-caller.

Jeff Garcia was no different. After some success in San Francisco for five years, the Browns brought in Garcia who had three pro-bowl seasons in a row, before a down year in 2003 where he went 5-8 as a starter.

Then before the 2004 season, Garcia signed a 4-year, $25 million contract with the Browns which was a big deal at the time. With the Tim Couch era finally put in the past, Garcia was supposed to be the savior.

Garcia struggled with injuries and didn’t perform well even when he was on the field. In just one season before being released, Garcia went 3-7 with the Browns throwing for just over 1,700 yards, 10 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Was Garcia great? No.

But was he as bad as the Browns made him look? Also a no.

This was an offense that had very few weapons and an offensive line that wasn’t great either. Garcia would end up being a pro-bowler once again in 2007 when he went 8-5 as the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers.