David Garrard isn’t likely to play for the Raiders or any other team this season because he needs surgery on his back.
His agent Al Irby isn’t happy about the fact. And he’s blaming the Jaguars for the mess.
“At $500,000 per game, they knew he would be down 4-6 weeks. They didn’t want to pay that bill,” Irby wrote to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. “Now you know the difference between a first-class organization like Indy, and a sorry organization like the Jags. Indy gave their QB a contract even though he couldn’t play all season.
“David was told his back was fine. So he took them for their word. Now he has to go to surgery, and Jacksonville is saying, ‘Not my problem.’ What a first class organization!”
Garrard says he went to the emergency room two Sundays ago because of pain in his leg. An MRI soon thereafter revealed he needed surgery.
The Jaguars say they did nothing wrong.
“David went through the standard process that all players go through when released,” Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith said.
Ganguli does a great job breaking down the timeline. We’re still a little confused by Irby’s actions.
He took a call from the Raiders on Sunday and sounded interested in doing something. Irby said on Monday it was “highly possible” Garrard would work out for the Raiders. Hours later his client decided to undergo surgery.
We can’t imagine Garrard plays this year because he has a 4-6 week recovery. But he says his career isn’t over.
“I am definitely not retiring. I definitely want to be on a squad,” Garrard said.