David Garrard was the best Jets could do

March, 11, 2013
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Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez versus David Garrard in training camp? That prospect became a reality when the New York Jets agreed to terms with Garrard on Monday.

Garrard, 35, is in the twilight of his NFL career. But Garrard does have a career's worth of experience in the West Coast offense, which New York will run in 2013. And if last year is any indication, Garrard still has something left to at least push Sanchez for the starting job.

Garrard spent last spring and summer with the rival Miami Dolphins. He nearly won Miami's starting job before a freak knee injury off the field sidelined him. Then-rookie Ryan Tannehill took over in Miami, and the rest is history.

The Jets are hoping Garrard will provide similar competition. He was a risky but cheap alternative. Considering New York's tight salary cap, this was probably the best the Jets could afford with such limited resources. The Jets already owe Sanchez a guaranteed salary of $8.25 million next season. New York can't spend significantly more on quarterbacks this year.

Signing Garrard also rules out any chance of the Jets trading for Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn. New York has its two veterans on the roster and probably will draft a developmental quarterback next month.

Jets fans were hoping for Alex Smith, Flynn or Michael Vick this offseason to make the Jets more competitive. Instead, they got David Garrard. It's further proof that 2013 might be a long and rough rebuilding year for New York.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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