Likely marking an end to the Tim Couch Era after only five seasons, the Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement in principle with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia.
Garcia, 34, will sign a four-year contract worth $25 million, ESPN.com reported Monday night. The team officially confirmed the deal Tuesday morning and said it was making plans for a news conference.
The stunning move came late in the evening and followed a day in which several print and broadcast reports had Garcia prepared to sign with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Some of the reports, in fact, quoted Garcia's father. But sources told ESPN.com early in the evening that those reports were false and that the quarterback was leaning in another direction.