A few weeks ago, we pointed towards some classy comments from David Garrard welcoming Blaine Gabbert to the team. Garrard apparently even provided a welcome wagon: His Mercedes.
Gabbert and wide receiver Cecil Shorts aren’t old enough to rent a car, so Garrard gave them his car to tool around town during the team’s current full squad “minicamp.”
“I think it is worth more than every car I’ve owned combined, so I’m being pretty careful with it,’’ Gabbert told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
Gabbert should be able to afford any car he wants once he signs his rookie deal. In the meantime, Gabbert will try to unseat Garrard as the team’s starter.
“I am going to make it extremely hard for that to happen,’’ Garrard said.
We seriously doubt Gabbert could win the job by Week One on a shortened offseason. Garrard is due $7.975 million and should collect on it. The bigger question is whether Garrard will be around in 2012.
“I said it before, if he’s better than me, he should play,” Garrard said. “The team should have the best guys out there on the field.’’