The departure of quarterback David Garrard from the Jaguars roster came swiftly. His arrival on a new team may take a little time.
Last night, agent Al Irby told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that three teams have expressed interest in Garrard. But Irby says Garrard is in no hurry.
“The system’s going to do what it’s going to do,” Irby said. “He has gotten some calls, they know there’s some interest. David can still play it’s obvious. He knows he’s gonna have options and he’s gonna just sit back and let the offers come in and make a decision.”
In other words, the offers that have come in so far aren’t the kind of offers that would make Garrard jump. And real money may not be put on the table until after Week One, at which time Garrard wouldn’t be entitled to the balance of his 2011 base salary if his next team comes to the same conclusion as his last team.
As to Garrard’s last team, which dumped him for Luke McCown en route to Blaine Gabbert, Garrard’s agent is willing to take the Jaguars at their word.
“Been assured that the job was his this year,” Irby told Ganguili. “That’s why we’re all shocked, and so was he. This had to be a last minute decision, that’s the only thing I can say. I don’t think these guys would purposely tell me one thing and [do another].”
Sure, Al. No NFL team ever does that.
I’ll have my own theories about what may have happened with Garrard during today’s PFT Live. (Translation: They just delivered breakfast to my hotel room in Stamford.)