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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: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:19 am

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

I like the Miami idea the last poster brought up. Not mentioned by columnist, Titans were though? Garrard would be close to his family still and Miami is just tugging on Henne's leash. I think he'll end up in a Panther uniform still close to home and watching Newton, Claussen and Anderson he'd be an upgrade for sure and probally keep the Panthers from the Luck issue come draft time. The Jags are not going to get any awards for fairness or competion. How do they think they're going to be a better team without Garrard? In a division that most would say is finally open for a new winner. It wasn't the worst football move ever made and probally will not bite them down the road, but it was a little low class.

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:13 am

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

The Jags will be lucky to win 6 games this year with or without David Garrard.  The moral of this story is that if you are going to make 8 million dollars a year, you better play like a 8 million dollar quarterback.  He plays more like a 1 1/2 to 2 million dollar quarterback.  In addition, this will probably be Jack's last yaer.  Hopefully we can get an offensive minded coach.  The Jags offense and defense are the most boring units to watch in the NFL.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:40 am

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

I'm not much of a David Garrard fan, but this seems like a bad decision in general. With Manning hurting and missing at least one game it seems, not to mention the time it will take him to get back in stride when he does come back, this would have been the perfect time for the Jags to really make a push for the division. I understand that he was on borrowed time anyways with Gabbert waiting in the wings but no one can be serious when they say Luke McCown gives them a better shot at winning over Garrard. I can really see Miami or maybe a little bit of a shocker in Washington or Seattle giving him a good long look. 

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:32 am

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

It really seems as if kharma caught up to David Garrard.  He was Byron Leftwich's backup for many years before supplanting him right before opening day.  Leftwich is a better quarterback by far, but can't move at all.  I think with a half way decent o -line, he would have bene a far better choice for the past three years rather than Garrard.  Of course, I don't run an NFL team, so I can't say for certain.... 

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:27 am

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

@B1Bundy If the Jags wanted to throw a season and make a run at Andrew Luck why would they draft one of the best QBs available in this years draft with the 10th overall pick? Seems like a waste of a top 10 pick if it's not even the guy you want. It probably comes down to money combined with Gabbert being ready to take over soon enough.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:02 am

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

Gabbert will be the starter by week 6.  Newton and Dalton are starting.  All the while the team owners are raking in their dough.  I always chuckle that bloggers are so hung up on winning (as opposed to simply being competitive).  ie  The Bengals.  The NFL is NOT America's game....FANTASY FOOTBALL is America's game.  Who cares if the Jags win?  As long as MJD (etc) keeps his fantasy owners happy.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:56 am

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

This is killing me....from a Seahawk fan standpoint. The Seahawks need to be a 3 win team in order to win the Luck sweepstakes. Now the Jags are making a run at him. Damn. Adding Tavaris Jackson was a blatant tip of the hand in our wanting to lose.....And here's hoping the Colts don't get smart and keep Manning out indefinitely in order to secure another QB of the future. Come on Seahawks....stink it up even more!

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:14 am

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

Garrard is good enough to start on alot of NFL teams: Redskins, Panthers, 49ers, Seahawks, Bills, Dolphins, Colts (unless Manning comes back) and Titans are just a few teams which have worse QBs. If he signs as a backup, I'll be shocked, unless it's just for a ring.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:03 am

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

Jack Del Rio, looks the part, sounds the part, but he will never be a successful NFL coach. Unless you use the Jeff Fisher standard of success which is just making the playoffs every few years, Jacksonville should reup at coach while they are cleaning closets.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:52 am

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

Very confusing move? Might be a ploy on Colts issues to keep things hidden till now but I am always a proponent for experience traing a Rookie like Gabbert. That is ecspecially true when your assets are limited as much as your time in the pocket. Any word if they are working the field for stronger lead reciever? Thomas not bad but not a "1" by any stretch of the imagination. Those in PPR leagues will love the RB passing this year.

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