NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Jets’ quarterback competition just lost some luster — and a key component.
According to multiple reports, David Garrard will not play for Gang Green in 2013.
The 2009 Pro Bowler signed with New York on March 11, 2013. He was expected to compete primarily with incumbent starter Mark Sanchez and second-round draft pick Geno Smith. Greg McElroy and Matt Simms were also told that they would be given a fair opportunity to win the job.
Garrard, 35, has played nine NFL seasons, although he hasn’t appeared in a game since 2010. He had surgery on his herniated disk prior to the 2012 campaign and then underwent arthroscopic surgery in 2012.
Text from Garrard: "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do."—
Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) May 15, 2013
Throughout the offseason, a confident Garrard repeatedly echoed that he believed he could win the starting job.
“I felt like if I am healthy and I am playing at my highest, then that’s going to give me a great opportunity to be the starting quarterback,” Garrard said. ”Now, if Mark comes out and he is playing even better than that, then great for him, but I am going to give it my all. If I can be the starting quarterback, I know what I can do on the field and I know what I can bring to the table. Hopefully I can, and if that’s the case I know we can have some good times.”
The ex-Jacksonville Jaguar worked out with the Jets prior to being signed. Upon signing on the dotted line, he tweeted: “Just made it official!! I am a New York Jet!!!!!”
Garrard has a 39-37 record in 79 career starts, all with the Jaguars.
In his last season in the NFL — in 2010 — he passed for 2,734 yards and 23 touchdowns, but tossed 15 interceptions.
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