It came as a surprise to very few people, especially after the whole scene played out on HBO over the past month, but after missing most of training camp and the preseason due to a knee injury veteran quarterback David Garrard was shown the door by the Miami Dolphins Tuesday.
The 34-year-old, who also missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing back surgery, is absolutely in the twilight of his career. However, Garrard was probably leading the quarterback competition in Miami before his knee betrayed him, and provided he's able, the nine-year veteran could be an interesting addition for a number of teams.
Here are a trio of clubs that should absolutely consider rolling the dice.
Just in case you haven't been paying attention (and given that it's the Cardinals, I don't blame you) the quarterback "competition" in Arizona this summer, "won" by third-year pro John Skelton, was a lot more about who sucked less than who played better.
Skelton was incredibly erratic and Kevin "the $63 million man" Kolb has happier feet than an animated penguin, and if their play in the exhibition season has been any indication, the Cardinals will be lucky to win five games. The moment Garrard landed in the desert he'd be the team's best quarterback.
Of course, given Garrard's health and the Cardinals' absolutely abysmal offensive line, maybe this isn't such a good idea after all.
If the caller ID says area code 623 just let it ring David. Starting isn't worth getting crushed into a pile of goo.
Green Bay Packers
Granted, just the thought of Aaron Rodgers getting so much as a hangnail is probably enough to send Packers' fans scrambling for the liquor cabinet, but in the NFL all it takes is one hit to change the fortunes of a team, and Rogers has missed time before.
Were it to happen again, and Rodgers were to miss even a game or two, the Packers would be forced to turn to Graham Harrell as their starting quarterback.
I repeat, the Packers would be forced to turn to Graham Harrell as their starting quarterback.
Given how terrible Harrell looked in the preseason Green Bay probably isn't winning many games with him under center, so if Garrard's healthy enough to play why not ink him to a minimum deal?
Sure, he ain't Aaron Rodgers, but Garrard is a capable passer with experience playing in big games, having led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a postseason victory in 2007.
Much like the Green Bay Packers the Philadelphia Eagles are a team with aspirations of making it to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, and even more so than the Packers, the Eagles need a viable plan B should their starting signal-caller go down.
Michael Vick is an electrifying football player, but his ability to extend plays with his legs also increases his chances of absorbing punishment, as evidenced by the fact that Vick has played in 16 games only once in his NFL career.
I know that rookie Nick Foles has looked good in preseason action, so good that the team felt comfortable jettisoning Mike Kafka.
However, I also know what Nick Foles looked like at the University of Arizona, and much like Kevin Kolb, Foles has a tendency to make like a penguin when the pocket collapses. That isn't to say that Foles can't develop into a fine NFL signal-caller, but if I'm in the middle of a playoff push and need a fill-in for a game or two I'll take the proven commodity ten times out of ten.
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