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Bucs GM Allen isn't worried about QB Garcia's contract frustrations

Garcia's outburst
doesn't worry GM

TAMPA — Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said Wednesday that he is not concerned that quarterback Jeff Garcia went public with frustrations about his contract.

Garcia, who wants an extension to his deal that includes a $2-million salary for 2008, hinted Tuesday that he could miss some offseason practices.

"Each player has to handle his business how he sees fit," Allen said. "Jeff, for the last five years … has been with five teams. I know he enjoyed great success with Coach (Jon) Gruden and wants that to continue. That's not bad news. That's good news.

"We've got seven months to free agency, and we've got plenty of time. But our focus is we have 70 days to training camp, and we want to get our best 80 players ready."

Meanwhile, Earnest Graham has not attended an offseason workout since rushing for 898 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 starts last season. He also wants an extension.

"Earnest performed well for us last year, and he wasn't at most of the offseason program last year," Allen said. "He's a young man that takes care of himself, and I'm sure he'll be prepared.'

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Bucs GM Allen isn't worried about QB Garcia's contract frustrations 05/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2008 1:39pm]

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