Jets QB David Garrard Plans to Retire

  • Tad Johnson

It looks like the Jets QB competition is down one of their more serious competitors. A source close to Jets QB David Garrard has told the Associated Press that the 35 year-old quarterback has decided to retire, citing lingering knee issues. The news of Garrard’s retirement was then later confirmed by Garrard himself in a text message to’s Adam Schein.

The text message to Schein read: “Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”

Garrard is a former QB of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. But hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL since 2010. He was cut by Miami last summer despite being high on the team’s depth chart after he needed arthroscopic surgery on his injured left knee. He was expected to compete with the 5 other quarterbacks on the Jets roster in what GM John Idzik called an “open QB competition” . The QB competition is now down to four with Garrard’s retirement, with 2nd round draft pick Geno Smith, current starter Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms still in contention.

Despite the fact that Garrard passed his physical when he signed with the team and said that his knee felt “great”, apparently it was still bothering him to the point where he felt as though he could no longer compete in the NFL.


He ends his career with 16,003 passing yards, 89 passing touchdowns, 17 rushing touchdowns and 54 interceptions.

What do you think?
What will David Garrard’s retirement do to the open QB competition in New York?
Does Garrard dropping out of the race give an advantage to Mark Sanchez? What about Geno Smith?


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