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Report: David Garrard will be 100% by April

Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:00 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 11:18 pm
 
There are plenty of quarterback-needy teams in the NFL and Garrard could help one of them. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Much has changed in Jacksonville since David Garrard was released days before the start of the 2011 regular season. First-round pick Blaine Gabbert eventually assumed the starting jobs (and struggled mightily in the process), head coach Jack Del Rio was fired midway through the season, owner Wayne Weaver sold the team to Shahid Khan, and Mike Mularkey was hired as in earlier this month to replace Del Rio.

But the Jaguars are no longer Garrard's problem. There was speculation that he might join the Dolphins after Chad Henne suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October. It didn't happen, but not because Garrard "didn't feel like playing," but due to the fact that he needed surgery for a herniated disk in his back.

According to ESPNChicago's Michael Wright, Garrard should be healed up and ready to go in a few months.

mikecwright
David Garrard will be 100 percent healthy by end of March I'm told. Could be pretty good backup somewhere.
1/23/12 9:04 PM


It appears we have one more name to add to the list of available free-agent quarterbacks. The front-runners (in random order): Matt Flynn, Alex Smith, Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, Drew Brees, Vince Young, Chad Henne, Byron Leftwich and Garrard.

We first brought up these names shortly after the Broncos' season ended in New England. Given how inconsistent Tim Tebow had been in 2011, we wondered if John Elway and John Fox would honor their word on Tebow's prospects as Denver's starter in 2012 (Turns out, they will -- we're still skeptical).

So where might Garrard end up next season? This is a quarterback-driven league and because there's a shortage of really good ones, they come at a premium. Which means that Garrard probably won't have trouble finding work although it may have have to be as a backup.

The Dolphins, under new head coach Joe Philbin, might prefer Flynn (Philbin was previously the Packers' offensive coordinator). And presumably, the Redskins and the Browns want to get younger at the position. Same with the Cardinals (obvious exception). Which brings us back to our previous point: there may not be a starting job waiting for Garrard when he returns but as Caleb Hanie, Tyler Palko and T.J. Yates quickly discovered, you're never far from taking the field.

For now, though, Garrard has to get healthy. Best-case scenario: he'll work out for teams after the draft and help somebody fill out their roster heading into training camp. After that, it'll be up to him.

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Comments

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:51 pm
 

Report: David Garrard will be 100% by April

Skins, Dolphins, Browns, Chiefs, Seahawks... or Jets



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Report: David Garrard will be 100% by April

how could the browns get YOUNGER than colt mccoy?  high school freshmen cant be drafted...



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:55 am
 

Report: David Garrard will be 100% by April

one of the MOST under rated QB's in the league!



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:56 am
 

Report: David Garrard will be 100% by April

I thought he was beotching about the idea the Jaguars let him go, but yet he was injured?  It is a funny world when someone is paying you 10 million dollars OR let's put in a better perspective $10,000,000.00 a season and yet....he be upset about him being unable to play OR lead OR whatever....That is ALOT of freaking money to be beeotching about someone who was giving that to you.  Get healthy, get right with everyone, but please play up to the level that you should be at.....and stop the beeotching.  YOU GOT LET GO....BECAUSE THEY WANTED BETTER AND THEY WANTED TO SPEND THE MONEY MORE WISELY (not that they are)....YOU WERE HURT AND THEN HURT EMOTIONALLY.....DUDE GET OVER IT....GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE.




Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:24 am
 

Report: David Garrard will be 100% by April

sure he can help a team next year.but garrard is not no brees!!!!!!!!



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