Between Yesterday's Jets Game And Now This....Football has sucked for the past 2 days
GARCIA ELECTS FREE AGENCY
09/26/2011 2:14 PM
The Jacksonville Sharks announce Monday, September 26, 2011 that quarterback Aaron Garcia, 2011 Offensive Player of the Year and ArenaBowl XXIV MVP, has chosen not to re-sign with the Sharks to test the free agent market.
The Sharks' signal caller looks to return for his 18th season in the Arena Football League after winning his first ArenaBowl title in 2011. However, it will not be with the team he has been with for the past two seasons. Rather than returning for a third season on Sea Best Field, Garcia will, instead, test the waters of free agency in hopes of being closer to his family.
"We will forever be indebted to Aaron for being an integral part of launching our franchise," said Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy. "He was an invaluable part of bringing two division titles and the first professional football championship to the city of Jacksonville. One day, when he decides to hang up his pads, the number 8 will be hanging from the rafters at Sea Best Field. He will forever be a part of Shark Nation and we wish him well as he continues his career."
"It was a pleasure and a privilege to have had AG as our starting QB our first two seasons," said Sharks head coach Les Moss. "I enjoyed every aspect of working with him to bring a championship home to Jacksonville. We could not have done it without his play and leadership on and off the field. I have only seen his tremendous will and desire to win in a few players throughout my career. I wish him nothing but the best."
Garcia added, "I want to thank everyone in Jacksonville for an incredible two years on and off the field. It was truly a pleasure and I wish Coach Moss, the ownership group, my teammates and all of the fans continued success in the years to come. It was a very difficult decision to leave Jacksonville, but at the end of the day I had to make the decision that I feel is best for my family and my future both on and off the field. It was an incredible feeling to be a part of bringing Arena Football and a world championship to such a great city."
Monday started the free agency signing period for the Arena Football League, ending the exclusive signing period. During the 20 day exclusive signing period, organizations can only resign players that were on the team roster at the end of the previous season. Only at the end of that period can franchises solicit players to move from one team to another, though players may still opt to return to their previous team. During the exclusive signing period, the Sharks have resigned kicker Marco Capozolli, defensive back LaRoche Jackson and offensive lineman Jason Thomas.