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Buccaneers Tell Garcia He Won’t Be Brought Back as QB in 2009


Veteran QB Jeff Garcia is going to be a free agent soon, and he won’t be coming back to Tampa Bay. The St.Petersburg Times reports that Garcia has been told by the team that he won’t be back in 2009, and that the team is going to go elsewhere with that position. Here is the report from the paper:

The Buccaneers have told well-traveled quarterback Jeff Garcia to move on. Garcia, who turns 39 before the start of free agency Feb. 27, said Sunday night general manager Mark Dominik has informed his agent, Steve Baker, that the team did not want him to return for a third season.

“My time in Tampa has come to an end,” Garcia said. “I’m not under contract and I’m about to hit free agency and that means it’s time again for me to just move on,” Garcia said. “It is disappointing because I enjoyed the atmosphere and the team environment in that locker room…Change is needed at times. Sometimes it’s how you tweak it, not change it. With a new head coach, they want somebody pulling the trigger that they can mold. Beyond that, I don’t know why they’re making the move.”

Garcia, who has played for five different teams in the last six years, says he wants to continue his career and believes he will get another opportunity when the free agent signing period begins next week.

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