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
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.
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.
What do you think about the Chiefs backup QB situation?