NFL teams lacking backup plan

The lack of quality backup quarterbacks in the NFL gives players like Jeff George and Tommy Maddox hope.

Updated: September 9, 2006, 6:47 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Got a call the other day from Jeff George, a call I had been awaiting for more than a week.

For several years, I have been in the corner of the troubled quarterback. After getting to know him in Oakland, Minnesota, Washington and briefly in Seattle, I've grown to like him. How can you not respect the arm and talent? Even at 38, George can still help a team as a backup, and the Raiders took that chance in signing him for a week.

While the Raiders released him last weekend, George owes them ...

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