Contact Us
  • Comment

Sharks acquire 43-year-old QB Aaron Garcia

Posted: February 10, 2014 - 11:41pm  |  Updated: February 11, 2014 - 2:27am
Quarterback Aaron Garcia throws a long pass against the Orlando Predators at Veterans Memorial Arena on April 30, 2011.  Bob Mack/The Times-Union
Bob Mack/The Times-Union
Quarterback Aaron Garcia throws a long pass against the Orlando Predators at Veterans Memorial Arena on April 30, 2011.

Aaron Garcia, the record-setting Arena Football League quarterback who led Jacksonville to a 2011 ArenaBowl win, will return to the Sharks as part of a four-player trade with Orlando.

Garcia holds AFL records for yards (60,173) and touchdowns (1,304). He led the Predators to the playoffs a year ago after being traded from San Jose in Week 4 of the regular season.

After Orlando was eliminated in the first round, the 43-year-old quarterback said he was contemplating retirement.

Jacksonville made the trade without talking first to Garcia with hopes of convincing him to return, head coach Les Moss said.

“It was a risk-reward thing,” Moss said. “We have a good football team, but we’re even better with Aaron Garcia. We knew it was gamble to do this, but it was a gamble worth taking.”

When Garcia left the Sharks after the 2011 championship season, he said he always will be “a Shark at heart.”

The trade, which must get league approval, won’t be official until midnight Monday.

The Sharks will send quarterback Bernard Morris, offensive lineman Trevis Turner and defensive lineman Matt Marcorelle to the Predators as part of the trade.

Morris was the team’s primary starter after Garcia left. Going to Orlando allows him a chance to play in his hometown, Moss said.

Garcia will have less than two weeks to make a decision.

The team will report to camp on Feb. 20 and practice for the first time on Feb. 22. He currently working and taking college classes in Sacramento, Calif.

Jacksonville also has former AFL starters R.J. Archer and Kyle Rowley on the roster.