David Garrard Released: Why Miami Dolphins Should Take a Shot on Him

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 6, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 27: David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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In a shocking move, the Jacksonville Jaguars cut quarterback David Garrard, who has been their starter the last five seasons.

It was expected that Jacksonville was looking to their future when they drafted Blaine Gabbert during the draft, however Garrard was still expected to be the Jaguars starting quarterback.

Instead, Luke McCown will start this Sunday's season opener for the Jaguars against the Tennessee Titans.

Garrard was set to make $8 million this year and gave Jacksonville their best chance to win. So this was purely a financial move, especially considering that McCown, and not Gabbert will be the starter.

Now let's travel south down Florida's coastline to Miami, where the Dolphins have a bit of a QB problem.

No, it's not Chad Henne, whom I think will be very good this season, it's the simple fact that the Dolphins have only two quarterbacks on their roster. Period.

(Of course this isn't counting Pat Devlin, who's on the Dolphins' practice squad.)

Would Miami be an ideal landing spot for Garrard?

It wouldn't hurt for the Dolphins to give the former Pro Bowler a shot at least as a backup. While Garrard's numbers may suggest that he could get a starting job had the Jaguars made this move at the beginning of the preseason (16,003 yards, 89 touchdowns, 54 interceptions, QB rating of 85.8 along with 17 rushing touchdowns) he will be hard pressed to find a starting job with the regular season only a few days away.

However with Miami, Garrard could learn Daboll's offense, and if needed would be a better solution than Matt Moore to take over the offense if Henne were to get hurt or start the year off slow. 

Also with such little time before the season, odds are Garrard will be available at an affordable price for the Dolphins. A one-year contract worth about $4 or $5 million would be good. Garrard would also have to come into Miami knowing that Chad Henne is the starter.

No matter how sure the Dolphins might feel about Henne (and again, I feel great about Chad this season), they should still go after David Garrard. It always helps to have a steady veteran hand ready to lead an offense, especially one who's already proven himself in the league via pro bowls made and playoff appearances.

It's not often that proven quarterbacks fall out of the sky you know?

Thomas Galicia is a Miami Dolphins Featured Columnist. Follow him on twitter @thomasgalicia. For more of his opinions, visit www.thomasgalicia.com, nominated by CBSMiami.com for "Miami's Most Valuable Blogger" in the sports division.