In a head scratching move on April 29, 2011, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up six spots to select what many experts proclaimed to be a second-round prospect in QB Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri. In a completely mind-boggling move a little more than four months later the Jaguars cut presumed-starter David Garrard in an obvious salary cap move, after all NFL camps have concluded and with less than two days to the NFL season opener in Green Bay.
This move is wrong on various levels.
1. Garrard was in attendance at the Jags' annual season opener lunch less than four hours before receiving the news.
2. Garrard has led the Jags to a 39-37 record in his career, and that’s with a division boasting Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub.
3. The NFL season starts in two days, which means this hardly seems a well thought-out decision and does not say much about the organization and its respect for a veteran player that has started 76 games since 2002, won the teams only playoff game in the last decade and has a 39-37 win-loss record. But hey, the Jags need to sell tickets, right? And what better way to do that then with Luke McCown at the helm!
But enough Jag bashing for today—we have all season for that. What we’re here to talk about is why the San Francisco 49ers would be absolute fools not to claim Garrard off waivers.
Here’s my case.