David Garrard is calling it a career (USA Today Sports Images)
"Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up," Garrard said in a text message to Adam Schein of Sirius XM radio. "Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do."
Earlier on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Garrard had informed a few teammates that he no longer planned to be on the team, who signed the 35-year-old to a one-year, $1.35 million contract on March 12. Garrard's deal with the Jets included a $100,000 signing bonus, a $250,000 roster bonus (which will not be earned when Garrard officially retires) and a non-guaranteed base salary of $1 million for Garrard to compete for a role behind projected starter Mark Sanchez.
Garrard spent his entire on-field career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected the East Carolina product in the fourth-round (No. 108 overall) of the 2002 NFL draft. Garrard took over the Jaguars' starting job on a full-time basis in 2006 and, in 86 games over his nine seasons in Jacksonville, passed for 16,003 yards with 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2009.
The Jaguars released Garrard a week before the 2011 regular season-opener, opting to go with 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Garrard would miss the entire 2011 season after undergoing back surgery. The Miami Dolphins signed Garrard last offseason and he opened training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but injured his knee while playing with his kids away from the field and was released on Sept. 4.
According to Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle, Garrard intends to retire as a member of the Jaguars.
With Garrard out of the fold, the No. 2 quarterback job with the Jets will either be Sanchez, 2013 second-round pick Geno Smith or 2011 seventh-round pick Greg McElroy, the No. 3 quarterback behind Sanchez and Tim Tebow for much of the 2012 season.
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