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Report: Jets Garrard to retire

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Any New York Jets quarterback competition will have to go on without David Garrard.

According to NFL Network's Adam Schein, Garrard plans to retire because of chronic knee issues. Garrard, 35, had signed a one-year contract to compete for the starting job with incumbent Mark Sanchez.

Schein reported he received a text from Garrard on Wednesday that said "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do."

Garrard has not appeared in a game since the 2010 season with Jacksonville but had a strong training camp with the Miami Dolphins before he suffered a knee injury, cutting short a bid for a comeback from back surgery.

He suffered the training camp injury August, when it appeared he might contend for the starting job that was won by rookie Ryan Tannehill.

If Garrard retires, the Jets would still be well-stocked behind Sanchez. Rookie second-round pick Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms remain on the roster. But Sanchez struggled last season and without Garrard, the position lacks an experienced option. Tim Tebow was released one week after Smith was drafted.

Garrard's career numbers include 16,003 passing yards with 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions.
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