David Garrard: Teams That Should Sign Veteran QB as a Backup

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2012

Aug. 4, 2012;  Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard (9) throws during a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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In a move that shocked few, the Miami Dolphins released David Garrard on Tuesday, leaving the veteran quarterback again on the open market.

After sitting out all of 2011 with a herniated disc in his back, Garrard had signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins this offseason hoping to compete for the starting job.

Unfortunately, a knee injury forced the veteran signal-caller to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, and he never took an in-game snap in Miami.

While it may seem like the end of the line for a 34-year-old quarterback coming off multiple injuries, there are still some teams that should take a chance on Garrard.

Which teams are those? Well, here's a look at a few teams that should've already placed a call to Garrard's agent. 


Green Bay Packers

When former backup Matt Flynn left for the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, he left Green Bay with former Texas Tech star Graham Harrell as the only other replacement for Aaron Rodgers on the roster.

Seemingly satisfied with Harrell's progress, the Packers opted against signing a veteran and instead went into the preseason with the 27-year-old locked in at the No. 2 spot. 

Through the team's first three preseason games, the Harrell era looked like an unmitigated disaster. Through the first few games, the former Red Raiders signal-caller had completed 32-of-63 passes (50.8 percent) for 261 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

It took a brilliant performance in the Packers' final preseason game, going 13-of-15 for 223 yards with two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs, to save Harrell's job. 

Nevertheless, with Super Bowl aspirations and Rodgers' precarious health situation, it would behoove head coach Mike McCarthy to bring in Garrard as insurance. If Rodgers goes down and Harrell is more Weeks 1-3 than Week 4, it could bring an early end to the Green Bay season.


Denver Broncos

While Rodgers' health situation is precarious, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's is walking a tightrope across skyscrapers in Denver.

The future Hall of Famer hasn't taken a regular season snap in 20 months and is coming off four neck surgeries in the past two years. With that in mind, you would think the Broncos would fortify the backup quarterback situation as much as possible.

Well, instead the team signed Caleb Hanie. In six appearances with the Chicago Bears last season, Hanie threw for just 613 yards and three touchdowns against nine interceptions. That was good for a quarterback rating of 41.8—the worst of any quarterback that passed more than 100 times in 2011.

Even with a balky knee and a full year out of football last season, Garrard would represent a massive upgrade over Hanie.


St. Louis Rams

With the franchise still in full rebuild mode, it's understandable for the Rams to skew young at the backup quarterback spot.

On the other hand, Sam Bradford took a massive step back in 2011, and going with an undrafted rookie like Austin Davis is a recipe for failure.

If Rams head coach Jeff Fisher brought Garrard in, he'd have a veteran on hand to give both young guys valuable tutelage.

Bradford struggled all last season avoiding the rush. He went down a whopping 36 times in 10 games, missing six contests due to injury. One of Garrard's biggest strengths in Jacksonville was avoiding the rush and still getting off an accurate throw. If you get these two together in St. Louis, it could go a long way toward avoiding the bust moniker for Bradford.