Garrard out of QB competition

May, 15, 2013
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David Garrard is leaving the New York Jets, just two months after joining the team.

“Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do,” said Garrard, in a text message to SiriusXM radio host Adam Schein on Wednesday.

The Jets signed Garrard back in March, as a potential alternative at quarterback to Mark Sanchez. The 35-year-old hadn’t played in an NFL game the past two seasons because of back and knee injuries. But he was the starter with the Jacksonville Jaguars for several years before that and passed a physical with the Jets this spring.

It was the first major signing by new Jets general manager John Idzik.

Two weeks ago, the Jets released quarterback Tim Tebow. Garrard's exit leaves four QBs on the roster: Sanchez, second-round draft pick Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms.

On a conference call with season-ticket holders earlier Wednesday, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the team’s starting quarterback job is an open position.

“This will be a bona fide quarterback competition. Period,” Mornhinweg said. “I’m hoping that somebody will rise to the top quicker rather than later.”

With the departure of Garrard, it appears there are now two primary candidates: the struggling incumbent, Sanchez, and the former West Virginia star, Smith.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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