posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 04:49 PM
CLEVELAND -- Quarterback Jeff Garcia was released Monday by the Cleveland Browns, who cut ties with the three-time Pro Bowler after one bad season and
with three years left on his contract.
Garcia signed a four-year, $25 million free-agent contract with the Browns last March after spending five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. But
almost from the time Garcia arrived in Cleveland, there were problems.
During the exhibition season, the 34-year-old complained he wasn't getting enough playing time and that he was having trouble adjusting to new
teammates and a new offense. Garcia made things worse by openly criticizing former Browns coach Butch Davis and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie,
complaining that they weren't using him properly.
After rallying the Browns (4-12) to beat Baltimore in Week 1, Garcia threw three interceptions the next week in a loss at Dallas and recorded a 0.0
quarterback rating -- only the fifth NFL quarterback since 1970 to do so.
Garcia's season was also hampered by injuries. He strained his shoulder on a sack against the New York Jets on Nov. 21 and tore a knee ligament on
Dec. 12 in Buffalo.