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Salary cap guides 49ers' decision

Updated: March 2, 2004, 6:15 PM ET
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers released quarterback Jeff Garcia on Tuesday, ending his five-year tenure with San Francisco.

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Garcia's release came before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for all teams to be in compliance with the NFL's $80.6 million cap ceiling. The 49ers also released two-time Pro Bowl guard Ron Stone in an attempt to get under the cap.

The news comes as no surprise after Garcia rejected a cut in his base salary from $9 million to $5 million over the ...

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