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David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 10:50 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

David Garrard was stunningly released on Tuesday afternoon by the Jaguars, and, this might not come as "news," but he was as surprised as everyone else.

According to his agent, Al Irby, he was "shocked" even, because they believed Garrard was starting Week 1 for Jacksonville.

"Been assured that the job was his this year," said Al Irby, Garrard's agent, said, per Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union. "That's why we're all shocked, and so was he. This had to be a last minute decision, that's the only thing I can say. I don't think these guys would purposely tell me one thing and [do another]."

Perhaps the most logical reason for waiting so long to release Garrard? The Colts situation at quarterback -- though it stinks to wait so long for Garrard to get on the open market for his own personal reasons, he might have been a nice fit for the Jags division rival Indy.

The 2011 Jaguars
But given that the NFL is a quarterbacks league that doesn't feature all that many good quarterbacks, it stands to reason he'll find work somewhere. Which is why it makes sense that, also according to Irby, he's "gotten some calls."

"The system's going to do what it's going to do," Irby said. "He has gotten some calls, they know there's some interest. David can still play it's obvious. He knows he's gonna have options and he's gonna just sit back and let the offers come in and make a decision."

There are still plenty of teams that need quarterback. The 49ers brought in Josh McCown due to their concern with Alex Smith as a starter, and wouldn't that be a potentially ironic landing spot given that Luke McCown took over as the starter for Garrard?

The Panthers are rolling with Derek Anderson as their backup, and the Carolina quarterbacks coach Mike Shula had some serious success with Garrard when he coached in Jacksonville from 2007-10. Seattle's quarterbacks coach, Carl Smith, was Garrard's offensive coordinator in Jacksonville for two years, from 2005-06.

The Ravens (Tyrod Taylor) and Raiders (Kyle Boller) could both use a capable backup. Tennessee might be interested at the right price to help protect the need to shove Jake Locker into a starting role if Matt Hasselbeck gets hurt.

So it's not surprising to hear that teams are inquiring about Garrard's availability. The only question is whether it's too close to the start of the season for another team to really make the investment in Garrard worth the cost.

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Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:35 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

It was a pretty good screwing from Jax.  I think Garrard would be a help to the 49'ers and I am speaking from Dallas.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:57 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

True statement. But being an OU alum, I tend to forget all about Missouri quarterbacks. Gabbert could work in the end I guess. I could see teams ditching 2nd round QB's, such as in Clausen's case, but I don't see that happeing in Gabbert's case.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:00 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

The Panthers have to get an experienced qb in there to mentor Cam Newton.  Why not Garard?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:42 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

The Jaguars have been going nowhere with this guy for 4 years.  The first 2 years you can ignore, but he obviously was not improving and couldn't play on the road.

He is nothing more than a backup.  Nobody is going to sign him to be their starter. 

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:59 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Haha so you don't want the Seahawks to get him cuz you want Luck next year?

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:57 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

If the Seahawks don't at least try as hard as they freakin can to get this guy then they are just trying to come in bottom 5 in the league. The rest of our team is basically average, but I would rather have an average team then one of the worst. They will win 2-3 more games with Garrard. Seattle needs him more than any other team, no question.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:03 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

He would make the niners instant contenders 

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:53 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Pretty interesting scenario... and it tells you a lot about some of the self-proclaimed expert opinions...

There are AT LEAST EIGHT TEAMS in the NFL that have NO legitimate starting veteran quarterback at this time AND YET not a single team has called Garrard to be their starter???  AND YET some people are saying the release of this $9+M salary was a bad thing for Jax?!?!? 

(And Yes, the Jags had to wait to release him because they couldn't take the chance that Indy would sign him.)

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:48 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

No love for my bad chefs.  They could easily use a starting QB...whoops I mean back up.  Cassel is fragile and Garrad is a soild player and easily can learn a offense that is heavy on the run.  Cassel already banged up and Garrad is big upgrade over Tyler I cant play pro Football Palko or The rookie Stanzi.  Stanzi looked better then Palko and that was on pure talent only.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:29 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Jack Del Rio says Garrard's 3 INTs in Monday's practice was final straw following last season and preseason during a conference call today. Del Rio also indicated if Luke McCown had not been injured last season, he would have gotten a chance to start

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