He's back! George signs with Raiders

Published August 29, 2006

ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Raiders signed Jeff George, bringing back a player who hasn't thrown a pass in five seasons.

George, the No. 1 overall pick by Indianapolis in 1990, previously played for the Raiders in 1997-98, starting 23 games and throwing 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

It was not immediately clear what his role will be for the Raiders, who have Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo on the roster.

George, 38, known for his strong arm, is 46-78 as a starter and has never lasted more than four years with a team. In 1997, his first season with Oakland, he threw for 3,917 yards and 29 touchdowns. He struggled with injuries the next season and was replaced by Rich Gannon after seven games.

He hasn't played since 2001, when he was cut after two games with the Redskins. In those games, he was 23-of-42 with three interceptions. He was signed by Seattle as insurance midway through 2002 and Chicago late in 2004 but did not get in a game with either.