If he plans to continue his professional football career, quarterback Jeff Garcia will have to do it with another team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have informed Garcia they do not intend to bring him back in 2009, according to several published reports.
The news does not come as a surprise as Garcia, who turns 39 this month, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 27 and did not fit into the scheme new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski is in the process of implementing in Tampa Bay.
The Bucs also re-signed QB Luke McCown to a two-year, $7.5 million deal last week and promised him the opportunity to compete for a starting job.
McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson are the only three quarterbacks under contract with the Bucs for the 2009 season. Tampa Bay, which has approximately $46 million in salary cap room, likely will target another veteran quarterback in free agency or draft one in April.
Garcia spent two seasons with the Buccaneers. He helped the team win the 2007 NFC South division title and was a Pro Bowl alternate in his Buccaneer debut. In 2008, Garcia completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 2,712 yards and tossed 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games, but led an offense that struggled in the red zone and was part of a team that suffered a four-game collapse in December that cost the Bucs a spot in the playoffs.
In stints with the 49ers, Browns, Lions, Eagles and Bucs, Garcia has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 25,537 yards and 161 touchdowns and 83 interceptions during his 10-year career.