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THE DAILY GRIND

A daily look at Bucs training camp. For up-to-the-minute news, visit our Bucs Beat blog at bucs.tampabay.com.

The player and the playmate

Carmella DeCesare, the 2004 Playboy Playmate of the Year and the wife of Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia, watched Saturday morning's workout at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.

But it was her insight on Garcia's vagabond career - five teams in five years - that drew a crowd.

DeCesare said the 37-year-old quarterback had considered retirement before last season.

"At times, yes, we thought, 'How much longer do you want to do it?' He said, 'Well, maybe another year and I'll hang it up,' " DeCesare said. "Then one thing led to another in Philadelphia. It was very unfortunate that Donovan (McNabb) got hurt, but at the same time, it did put Jeff back on the map."

It has been a pretty good summer for Garcia, who signed with the Bucs and married DeCesare on April 21.

The couple hopes Tampa Bay will be their last stop.

"He's sick of moving. I'm sick of moving and unpacking, and repacking," DeCesare said. "Buying new things. That part of it is not fun, but this part is, now that we're in, we're settled and we're ready to go, we'd just like to stay.

"He'd like to finish it out here. We don't want to go to another team. We don't want another opportunity; we just don't want to go there. This is it for us, hopefully."

Lots of Catos

What's in a name? Colts free-agent linebacker Cato June, left, says his first name is part of a family heritage.

"It's a family name. I've come from a long line of Catos," he said. "My great-great grandfather is probably the last person in my line of the family, but it's a lot of Catos."

Cool hand Luke

Remember quarterback Luke McCown? He was expected to be the No. 2 behind Chris Simms last year before tearing a knee ligament at minicamp.

On Saturday he made some big plays, including a pass of more than 50 yards to David Boston for a touchdown.

"It felt great. Big plays, in this league, with the amount of talent there is, they are few and far between," McCown said. "And when you get one, that's a boost of confidence for everybody else."

McCown is competing with Simms and Bruce Gradkow-ski for one of two backup spots behind Garcia.

"None of us have seen him for over a year," coach Jon Gruden said. "You see a 6-foot-3-1/2 guy that can run and can throw, and he is tough and he is a football player. So we'll address that as time goes on but I don't really know Luke as well as I'd like to. But until you go to war with a guy in a football game you really don't know someone."

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