David Garrard and New York Jets Agree to Deal

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2013

The New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback David Garrard to come in and likely compete with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow for the starting role.

Per the Jets' official Twitter account:

Garrard worked out for the Jets two weeks ago. After that workout concluded, he anticipated a deal happening soon, but nothing came of that workout until Monday.  

The 35-year-old signal-caller recently gave an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, via ESPN.com's Rich Cimini, in which he discussed the workout and his conversations with the team:

I definitely think it's the ideal situation...It was a great workout. Every drill they had me do, I did great in. I felt like my old self again. They loved what they saw...they have a lot of issues with the cap, so they really couldn't do anything at that time. That's kind of unfortunate because I don't want to have to sit here without a job.

Being without a job is no longer an issue for Garrard, as the Jets will now bring him into camp in 2013. 

Throughout his career, Garrard has experienced some ups and downs. He has compiled a career record of 39-37 and completed 61.6 percent of his passes while throwing 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions. All of those numbers came with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Although he is getting older, Garrard is still a mobile quarterback who can make plays with his legs. He has rushed for 1,746 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career, and he'll be an interesting player to watch this summer during Jets training camp. 

Garrard hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL since the 2010 season. He missed the entire 2011 season with a back injury and then injured his knee during preseason last year while competing for the starting-quarterback spot with the Miami Dolphins

If healthy, Garrard could surprise Jets fans with a big year in 2013 and help Sanchez grow as a pro quarterback for years to come.

At the very least, there is sure to be plenty of speculation about the Jets' quarterback situation with his arrival. 


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