Report: QB David Garrard to visit Dolphins next week

By Ryan Wilson |
If David Garrard is healthy he shouldn't have trouble finding work. (Getty Images)

The Jaguars released quarterback David Garrard just days before the start of the 2011 season, opting instead to go with Luke McCown, and when that didn't work out, rookie Blaine Gabbert. The Jags signed Chad Henne to a two-year deal earlier this week and it's even money that he begins 2012 as the starter.

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As for Garrard, we found out in October that he needed surgery on a herniated disc and it wasn't until January that reports surfaced that he would be 100 percent healthy this spring. Garrard's rehab appears to be on schedule because he's set to visit the Dolphins this week according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Incidentally, Miami wanted to sign Garrard in October after losing Henne for the season to a shoulder injury. Garrard declined, the speculation at the being that he "didn't feel like playing" (turns out, he needed surgery). Miami ended up withSage Rosenfels and later J.P. Losman.

Some five months later, the Dolphins were in hot pursuit of Peyton Manning ("thanks but no thanks"), before turning their attention to Matt Flynn, who is familiar with head coach Joe Philbin's offense from their time together in Green Bay.

Flynn is expected to make a decision soon, possibly this weekend, although Miami also hosted former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith Sunday and their interest in him could be more than just show.

Garrard may be running a distant third for the Dolphins job, but if he's healthy he shouldn't have much trouble finding work elsewhere. In fact, his next stop could be St. Louis, a source tells the Florida Times-Union's Tania Ganguli.

Despite not taking a snap in 2011, our Eye on Football list of top free-agent quarterbacks listed Garrard eighth ahead of Shaun Hill, Vince Young and Rex Grossman.

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