NFL Rumors: Finding a Fit for Free Agent David Garrard's Return to the NFL

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 01:   C.J. Ah You #99 of the St. Louis Rams tackles David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game at EverBank Field on September 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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After being cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the beginning of last season, quarterback David Garrard was expected to be a hot property for quarterback-needy teams.

Ultimately, Garrard never signed with an NFL side and missed the whole season through injury.

Despite being 34 years of age, Garrard is attempting to come back this year and has begun searching for his next team. While he may never start another game in the NFL, Garrard is a good enough quarterback to be considered one of the best backups in the league.

Multiple teams are in need of a proven backup quarterback, and here are a few who best fit Garrard's skill set. 


Oakland Raiders

Presuming that Garrard hasn't completely lost his athleticism and arm strength, he could fit very well as a backup to Carson Palmer in Oakland next year.

With a hopefully 100 percent healthy Darren McFadden in the backfield, having a mobile quarterback would seriously stress opposing defenses' discipline. When running the ball with a mobile quarterback, the blindside defender always has to account for the quarterback breaking out on the edge after faking the hand-off.

For running teams, which the Raiders are, that is a very valuable aspect of an offense. The Raiders also have a lot of speed on the outside to take advantage of Garrard's strong arm, which makes Oakland a great place for him continue his career. 


Carolina Panthers

The Panthers offense is built around Cam Newton these days. If Newton is injured, Jimmy Clausen cannot effectively run that offense.

While Garrard obviously isn't anywhere near Newton, they do share similar traits in their ability to run with the football and throw the deep pass. Having a veteran presence at the quarterback position could also really add to Newton's development. After all, Clausen was drafted just one year ahead of Newton. 


Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III is a passing quarterback that runs, and David Garrard could also be labelled that way. Rex Grossman and John Beck have already proven their ineptitude at playing the position in Washington and Garrard would be better at replicating Griffin's style on the field than them

Considering that Garrard has played nine NFL seasons, he would also be an excellent guiding figure for the young quarterback. Garrard is good enough to also start if the Redskins want Griffin to learn from the sidelines, as unlikely as that is. 


Denver Broncos

If the Broncos somehow enter this season with Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback, they will need to find a backup who can run a similar offense to the former Florida Gator.

Outside of Dennis Dixon from Pittsburgh, David Garrard is the next best free agent on the market to do that.