While it appears like Arena Football legend Aaron Garcia will be reporting to the Orlando Predators, no official word has been made yet.
Last week, the Predators acquired Garcia and Devin Clark from the San Jose SaberCats in exchange for Amarri Jackson. After the trade, there was thought that Garcia would not report to the team.
But the Predators have been in desperate need of a quarterback. The Kyle Rowley experiment is expected to come to an end in the coming days, as the quarterback is expected to be released this week, according to Arenafan.
Garcia is an experienced quarterback, and hasn’t been infamous, like Rowley has come in the past few days. Rowley was arrested by Orlando police for resisting arrest and DUI a little more than a week ago.
The wise quarterback, who is 42-years-old, has been playing in the Arena Football League since 1995. That’s nearly two decades in the league.
Garcia joined the San Jose SaberCats to start this year, before the trade to Orlando. He will return to the State of Florida, where he played for the Jacksonville Sharks in 2010 and 2011.
He guided the Sharks to the 2011 ArenaBowl Championship.
Garcia holds the Arena Football League record with 56,186 yards. He also has 1,220 career touchdown passes.
Garcia became expendable after the Arena Football League assigned Russ Michna to the team. Michna then signed a two-year contract with the team. Garcia was placed on recallable assignment by the SaberCats, then dealt days later.
Prior to the trade, Garcia was 98 for 159 for 1,154 yards with 24 TD’s and 13 INT’s. This was a far cry from the 4,985 yards he had with the San Antonio Talons last season. He also had 118 touchdowns for the Talons.
The Arena Football passing king will give the Predators a proven quarterback, who will replace Rowley. He would also beat out B.J. Hall, who is the backup on the roster right now.
Previously, Chris Leak and Nick Hill led the Predators attack since the 2010 season. Nick Hill led the charge in 2010 and 2011, while former Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak was the starter last year.
Rowley has denied his arrest, but there are police pictures circulating of his arrest.
“Once I realized it was a police officer and not a security guard, I got out of the car,” said Rowley to the Orlando Sentinel.
Rowley was in his first season with the Predators, after spending the 2010 through 2012 season with the Spokane Shock.