Bucs QB Jeff Garcia threw out some pretty strong words today about the possibility of not even playing in 2008 if can’t get the team to give him a new deal. Garcia spoke out on Sirius NFL Radio, telling listeners he might walk away before the season if the stalemate continues. “If it doesn’t work itself out, if a contract is not presented as far as a renewal to finish my career, then I will seriously think about what my alternate options may be,” Garcia said today. “And it may come to not playing football anymore.”
Now anyone that knows Garcia, knows that he is a fiery player, and the thought of him walking away just because of this seems a bit extreme, but those comments should show the Bucs just how much he means business about wanting a new deal. He has one year left on his deal with a base salary of $2 mil. “I feel like when you mistreat people there comes a time when it doesn’t matter how much you are paid, it’s going to lead to some drastic decisions,” Garcia said.
Last season in Tampa he threw for 2440 yards, 13 TD’s and 4 picks. He carried a QB rating of 94.6, and was a big reason why the Buccaneers were able to make it to the playoffs as the NFC South Champions. While the team has plenty of QB’s if things can’t get worked out with Garcia, they had better be careful and not count on the type of production out of those playing behind him and make the 38-year-old happy with a reasonable deal.