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Bucs stiffed Garcia on bonus
Posted Apr. 09 at 02:37 AM
Add Jeff Garcia to the ever-growing list of players who’s not happy with his contract.
He led the team to the playoffs last year, so Garcia figures the team should be willing to tear up his existing contract, which calls for him to receive a base salary of $2 million this season. On the flip side, he’s 38 and the Bucs have a whole bunch of quarterbacks, which hurts his leverage.
“Talks haven’t necessarily gone all that good,” Garcia said. “It’s disappointing. At this point in my career, I'm no longer 24 or 25 saying, 'I'm going to prove to you I deserve this.' I feel like I've proved throughout my career. And I feel like at this time, it's time to just work with me, and you know what I bring to the team. You know what I've done for the team, and you know how much more I can do. And now I have a year under my system."
The article appears in today’s version of the
St. Petersburg Times. The writer is Rick Stroud.
The most interesting point in the article outlines Garcia’s unhappiness with being benched for the final six quarters of last season, which cost him at least $1 million in bonuses that would have been triggered had he played in at least 70 percent of the team’s offensive plays. Have to side with Garcia on that one. He was available to play and he was clearly the team’s starting quarterback; they should give him that bonus money.
The controversy over the bonus money is reminiscient of the shenigans that Bud Adams tried to pull on Haywood Jeffires and Ernest Givins back with the Houston Oilers in the early ‘90s. Both guys had clauses in their contracts, calling for them to get a bonus if they made it to the Pro Bowl -- $200,000 or whatever. They ended up sharing a Pro Bowl position – they tied for the final spot, so something – so Adams tried to give them each a half share of their Pro Bowl bonus.
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