Raiders lose out on Garcia

The Oakland Raiders had first crack at securing the services of quarterback Jeff Garcia but could not seal the deal. One day later, Garcia signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Garcia and the Raiders met on the first day of unrestricted free agency and conversations over a contract lasted for several hours. In the end, Garcia could not be pursuaded to sign with Oakland - knowing that several other teams were in the market.

One stumbling block, according to a source, was over the guarantees associated with his contract. Garcia wanted to be ensured of starting but Oakland would not commit, taking the honest road if they do in fact select a quarterback first overall. There was also a concern over the personnel package and the former Eagle wondered whether he would be a good fit.

The other hitch was over money - the Raiders were looking to pay him somewhere between starter and backup money and Garcia was and his agent were angling for starter money if the plan was to have him be the head signal caller.

Garcia led the Eagles to the NFC East title, going 5-1 as a starter and posting a passer rating of 95.8 while filling in for the injured Donovan McNabb.

The Raiders will not have to turn their attention elsewhere - perhaps looking at Patrick Ramsey who was released by the New York Jets or looking into Trent Green now that Damon Huard has signed a three-year deal with Kansas City.

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