NFL player wire: Bucs won't re-sign Garcia

A look at recent player happenings throughout the NFL as teams begin to prepare for free agency, with it being reported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not re-sign quarterback Jeff Garcia. The former 49ers Pro Bowler said he intends to play in 2009; is it possible he could return to his first NFL team?

Garcia has been told by the Bucs that he will not be re-signed as a free agent, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Tampa Bay signed Luke McCown to a two-year deal last week, signaling the team was likely to part ways with Garcia, a free agent who will turn 39 on Feb. 24.

"My time in Tampa has come to an end," Garcia told the Times.

He was 14-10 as a starter for the Bucs the past two seasons, and said he intends to try to play elsewhere in 2009.

The 49ers, who are looking for an established quarterback to compete for the starting role with Shaun Hill this year, could be interested in bringing Garcia back to the place of his greatest NFL success.

--- RB Fred Taylor has been released after 11 seasons with the Jaguars. The NFL's 16th-highest all-time rusher with 11,271 career yards, Taylor missed the final three games of last season with torn ligaments in his thumb. "This was a difficult decision to come to, but a decision that had to be made despite how we all feel about Fred," general manager Gene Smith said. "We all respect and appreciate what Fred has done, and we feel that he can still play in the NFL, but in our current situation we believe this is the right move at this time."

--- WR Marty Booker was released by the Bears. He caught just 14 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns while battling a knee injury after being signed last offseason. Booker, who also played his first five seasons with the Bears, is the franchise's third all-time leading receiver with 329 receptions.

--- RB Marshawn Lynch was released on $35,000 bail after being arrested in Southern California on a weapons charge Feb. 11. Culver City, Calif. Police said they found a loaded firearm after approaching a 2006 Mercedes-Benz that Lynch was in along with two other men. Lynch, 22, pleaded guilty to a traffic violation last summer after hitting a female with his Porsche Cayenne SUV near Buffalo on May 31 and leaving the scene.

--- P Ryan Plackemeier was claimed by Cincinnati off waivers from Washington. He averaged 41.7 yards on 55 punts in 10 games for Washington last season. Bengals P Kyle Larson averaged 39.5 yards on 100 punts last season and is signed through 2010.

--- RB Maurice Jones-Drew will enter next season as the clear No. 1 back for the Jaguars, who released veteran Fred Taylor on Feb. 16.

--- PK Jeff Reed was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after Pittsburgh police said the Steelers kicker threw a temper tantrum at a convenience store because the restroom didn't have any towels. The citation carries a maximum fine of $300 and 90 days in jail.


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