David Garrard, released by Jacksonville Jaguars

David Garrard Makes Sense for the Chiefs

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran QB David Garrard. The move saves the Jaguars about $8.1 million in 2011 and likely thrusts Luke McCowan into the starter role in week 1.

David Garrard Career Stats
Year Age G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate
2002 24 4 1 0-1-0 23 46 50.0 231 1 2 53.8
2003 25 2 0 9 12 75.0 86 1 0 122.2
2004 26 4 2 1-1-0 38 72 52.8 374 2 1 71.2
2005 27 7 5 4-1-0 98 168 58.3 1117 4 1 83.9
2006 28 11 10 5-5-0 145 241 60.2 1735 10 9 80.5
2007 29 12 12 9-3-0 208 325 64.0 2509 18 3 102.2
2008 30 16 16 5-11-0 335 535 62.6 3620 15 13 81.7
2009* 31 16 16 7-9-0 314 516 60.9 3597 15 10 83.5
2010 32 14 14 8-6-0 236 366 64.5 2734 23 15 90.8
Career 86 76 39-37-0 1406 2281 61.6 16003 89 54 85.8

 

The move is similar to the way Garrard took over the starter job himself with Byron Leftwich being released shortly before the start of the season in 2007.

David Garrard will likely find a job in the NFL in 2011 and Garrard in Kansas City makes a lot of sense. Reportedly, Matt Cassel suffered an injury to his ribs in the final pre season game against the Packers and could miss week 1 when the Buffalo Bills come to Arrowhead Stadium.

The idea of a QB being signed during the week, then starting on Sunday is not unheard of. In 2010, against the Chiefs, the Jaguars signed Todd Bouman out of retirement to lead the Jags. Bouman finished the game, his only of the season, 18-34, 2TD, 2INT.

Regardless if you believe statements from the Chiefs regarding Cassel’s status for the Bills game, the Chiefs need to find a veteran to backup Cassel for the entire season. Arguably, the Chiefs have the worst backup QB situation in the AFC West, and possibly in all of football.

While it is likely Garrard could land a starting job in the NFL; the 49ers cannot be happy with Alex Smith yet again, and the Seattle Seahawks don’t really trust Tarvaris Jackson, do they?

Even then, the veteran Garrard may prefer a team likely to contend for the division and the playoffs over the 49ers and Seahawks (I don’t see them making the playoffs for the second straight year). Garrard could likely come to Kansas City and start the game on Sunday. No, the playbook wouldn’t be a flashy, but would it really be flashy with Tyler Palko? No.

Palko, 28 years old, has thrown six regular-season passes and rookie QB Ricky Stanzi is nowhere near ready to be #2 on the Chiefs depth chart at QB.

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