Bucs tell Garcia they won’t bring him back

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have informed QB Jeff Garcia that he won’t return to the team.

The move was expected after the Bucs recently gave backup QB Luke McCown a two-year, $7.4 million contract.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told Garcia’s agent, Steve Baker, that the team had no plans of bringing back the 10-year NFL veteran, the Tampa Tribune reported. Garcia told the Tribune that he was disappointed but ready to move on with his career.

    “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 started 11 games in a season that the Bucs started 9-3 before dropping their final four games to miss out on the playoffs. Garcia threw 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, but the team’s late-season collapse cost head coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen their jobs.

Garcia went 14-10 in 24 starts with the Bucs over the past two seasons, which included a Pro Bowl appearance and playoff berth in 2007. Garcia, who turns 39 on Feb. 24, told the Tampa Tribune that he wants to continue his career with another team.

    “I do feel like I have football life in me,” Garcia said. “I feel I can still contribute. I’m not sure what my role will be with another team. I’m not looking at it like I need to start and be the man. … Hopefully, I’ll have some opportunities out there. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be something out there for me.”
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