David Garrard's injured left knee will end his decade-long playing career, but the former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback could begin his coaching career with an internship with the New York Jets, reports Jim Corbett of the USA Today.
Garrard, 35, has not played in an NFL game since 2010. After being released by the Jaguars a week before the 2011 season, Garrard had surgery to repair a herniated disk, a procedure that ended his season. Garrard resurfaced with the Miami Dolphins last offseason, but injured his knee away from the field at the start of training camp and was released in September.
In March, the Jets signed Garrard to a one-year deal worth up to $1.35 million to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. Garrard's left knee forced him to call it quits on Wednesday, but the Jets have provided him with an opportunity to return as a coach during this year's training camp.
"The Jets offered me the chance to come back if I want to take a shot at that coaching thing with an internship in training camp,'' said Garrard, whose wife recently gave birth to the couple's third child. "I told them I'd talk with my wife about it, so I could still work with those guys. "It's definitely something I'm considering.''
With Garrard out of the fold on the roster, 2013 second-round pick Geno Smith is expected to press the much-maligned incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting role. Garrard said the battle will be fought during the preseason.
"If he [Sanchez] goes out there as the vet and gets back to just playing ball and not thinking too much on the field, he's going to make it tough on [the coaching staff],'' Garrard said. "It's up to those guys [Smith and Sanchez], the way they carry themselves and handle the offense, really putting points on the board and winning ballgames.
"So when they get to the preseason, it's really going to show who should be the guy.''
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