After losing his starting job with the New York Jets last year, quarterback Glenn Foley will get a chance to resurrect his career with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks acquired Foley Friday for a seventh-round pick in the 1999 draft.
"Glenn is a fierce competitor with a good understanding of the game," said Seahawks coach and general manager Mike Holmgren. "He's a natural leader who we think fits our system and will be a positive influence on this team."
The 28-year-old Foley has one year remaining on his contract and is scheduled to make $1.25 million in 1999. With Vinny Testaverde signed to a new multi-year contract worth about $6 million annually, the Jets could not afford to carry Foley as a backup.
Foley likely will head to training camp as the backup to Jon Kitna, who replaced Warren Moon as Seattle's starter for the final five games of last season. Kitna posted a 3-2 record, helping the Seahawks finish at .500 for the third time in the last four years.
Foley may be given a chance to win the starting job in Seattle, but has yet to show he can stay healthy through an entire season. Foley fell into disfavor with Jets coach Bill Parcells and was benched following a loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 6.
Injuries have plagued Foley throughout his career. When given the opportunity to play late in the 1995 season, he dislocated his right shoulder.
In 1997, Foley took the starting job away from Neil O'Donnell, but suffered a sprained left medial collateral ligament in a November 16 game at Chicago and missed the rest of the year as the Jets barely missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
Foley began 1998 as the Jets' No. 1 quarterback and passed for a career-high 415 yards in a season-opening, 36-30 overtime loss at San Francisco. But he injured his ribs the following week in a 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
After Testavarde stepped in and led the Jets to victories over Indianapolis and Miami, Foley got his last chance at St. Louis on October 11, but was benched in the third quarter after completing just 5-of-15 for 76 yards.
A seventh round draft pick out of Boston College in 1994, Foley started only eight games in five seasons with the Jets, three in 1998, two in 1997 and three in 1996. He is 1-7 as a starter, including an 0-3 mark last season.
In his career, Foley has completed 192-of-349 passes for 2,286 yards with 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
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