Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Garcia unhappy Bucs haven't offered a new deal

Garcia unhappy Bucs haven't offered a new deal
Jeff Garcia said Tuesday that he's disappointed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers�haven't been willing to tear up his contract and reward him with a new deal that would enable him to finish his career with the Bucs.

Garcia, 38, has one year remaining on his contract that will pay him a base salary of $2-million in 2008. He went 8-6 as a starter for the Bucs last season, leading them to an NFC South title and being named to the Pro Bowl.

Nonrookie starting quarterbacks average between $7-million and $15-million a year in the NFL, making Garcia among the league's lowest-paid quarterbacks.

McNabb preaching patience as rebuilding continues
In an off-season that started with Donovan McNabb's call for more playmakers, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback still has not seen an influx of offensive weapons. The team's big acquisitions have been on the defense, headlined by cornerback Asante Samuel and defensive end Chris Clemons.
Eagles fans keep waiting for answers on offense. McNabb is preaching patience according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"It's a growing process," said McNabb, who spoke last night at Syracuse University. "We haven't brought in a receiver or anything on offense, but on defense, we've definitely filled some holes and added some more playmakers."

He expects the team's rebuilding effort to continue into the season. "We'll continue to do that in the draft and make sure when the time comes, the veterans will be ready to lead by example and those guys will follow," McNabb said.

Manningham admits he used marijuana at Michigan
Former Michigan receiver Mario Manningham has admitted he used marijuana and tested positive for the substance while playing for the Wolverines, according to a report in Pro Football Weekly.

Manningham, who left Michigan after his junior season to enter this month's NFL draft, sent a letter to NFL teams shortly before the Pro Day workout at U-M early last month and revealed his drug use. He had denied testing positive throughout his college career when asked by NFL scouts during the NFL Combine earlier this year, the report said. Manningham had a poor workout at the Combine.

"I don't use marijuana anymore — and I have passed tests since," Manningham wrote in the letter. "I know what is at stake for me and my career. I am learning what it is going to take to be a professional. I am writing this letter because I just want a fair evaluation, and I want to be accountable for my actions. I am willing to be re-interviewed, re-tested and to undergo any evaluation any team wants me to undergo."