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David Garrard says he’s getting released

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Quarterback David Garrard returned to practice for the Dolphins on Monday for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

The team must not have liked what they saw all that much, because Garrard told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that he’ll be getting released on Tuesday. Garrard admitted after the practice that he wasn’t all the way recovered from the operation.

“They didn’t want me to, and I didn’t feel like I was quite ready to move with guys flying around me,” Garrard said, via the Miami Herald. “But I feel good. I know I’m not quite exactly where I want to be, but it felt good just being back out there, realizing I can still drop and do all of those things.”

The news doesn’t really qualify as a major surprise. It’s not even as big of a surprise as the Dolphins keeping four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster in the first place. If Garrard and Matt Moore were both on the roster in Week One, their entire salaries would be guaranteed and that’s not the best way to allocate funds or roster spots.

Speaking of roster spots, there’s no word on how the Dolphins plan to fill the one vacated by Garrard. As soon as we know, we’ll pass the information along to the rest of PFT Planet.

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25 Responses to “David Garrard says he’s getting released”
  1. elmaxoh says: Sep 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    Too bad he didn’t had a chance to show what he can do . Good luck Garrard.

  2. belairirish says: Sep 4, 2012 3:17 PM

    “Wow, what a shock,” said absolutely nobody.

  3. niners816 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:21 PM

    Probably a blessing in disguise. That team is going to be horrible this year and have no one to catch the ball except the other teams defense. Always liked Garrard. Get out while you can!!

  4. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Sep 4, 2012 3:23 PM

    I heard that Chad Johnson is a free agent, kick the tires perhaps?

  5. baffinbay says: Sep 4, 2012 3:23 PM

    As a jag fan I can say he is a really good guy, but just an average QB even in his prime. Hope he recovers though. He could be a solid backup QB for years.

  6. bergencountyjc says: Sep 4, 2012 3:23 PM

    Sad to see this happen – was pulling for him after seeing him early on in Hard Knocks. Seems like a nice guy all around.

  7. dolfan34 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:25 PM

    Right move for the team at this point in time. Now go and sign Gaffney to take his roster spot.

  8. p31squared says: Sep 4, 2012 3:39 PM

    Arizona.

  9. miriam45 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:41 PM

    Without any offensive right side line protection Garrard would have gotten hurt – he should be lucky to be cut.

    And who will Ireland select with the #1 draft pick next year if he is still here?

  10. jjackwagon says: Sep 4, 2012 3:42 PM

    Garrard is good enough to hit as a backup somewhere.
    Rams, ‘Skins, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers, Colts all come to mind.

  11. randallflagg52 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:44 PM

    Garrard always seemed like a classy guy, good luck to him.

  12. kane337 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:45 PM

    If healthy soon…..the Cardinals should try him out.

  13. southbeachtalent says: Sep 4, 2012 3:45 PM

    oh no…

  14. richkotitte says: Sep 4, 2012 4:06 PM

    Mike Smith was the Jags defensive coordinator when they beat the Steelers in the playoffs , about 5 years back ( Garrard only threw 3 INTS the whole season) , don’t be surprised if Atlanta kicks the tires just in case Matty Ice were to be injured…

  15. tannethrill says: Sep 4, 2012 4:24 PM

    It’s quite simple. No one wanted to give up a pick for Moore…yet.

  16. berniekosarisgod19 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:25 PM

    I’m a Browns fan, but lived in North Carolina while he played at ECU, and I have a lot of friend s who are ECU alums. Garrard always seemed like a class act, hard working QB, and he beat the Steelers in the playoffs, good luck to you, Go Pirates.

  17. mcjon22 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:27 PM

    Please don’t hurt yourself walking out the door

  18. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    Very classy dude. Hope something works out for him – was shocked when they released him from Jax so suddenly.

  19. phinfan says: Sep 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    Classy guy, best of luck David!

  20. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 4, 2012 5:05 PM

    If you were the GM for the Packers, Colts, Panthers, Broncos, or Rams, which free agent back-up would you pursue–David Garrard or Vince Young?

  21. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    P.S. I remember when Tom Coughlin said the Jaguars drafted Garrard because he reminded him of Steve McNair–and McNair had tormented them relentlessly. Doing the math, does this mean Jeff Fisher, at this very moment, is lobbying for the Rams to sign Garrard?

  22. savannahrose44 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:11 PM

    If you can’t catch on with the DOLPHINS you might as well stick a fork in yourself you’re done.

  23. EJ says: Sep 4, 2012 5:36 PM

    I bet the Dolphins will give Vince Young a look before their first game. It would be weird to see Young playing beside Bush, just like it was weird seeing Young on the same team as Mario Williams. Young still has the athletic abilities he has always had, he is just having problems getting the playbook down. Maybe Chan Gailey’s Offense was too complicated for him to learn or maybe they just didn’t like what they were seeing in him, either way he was cut and is available now.

  24. dbarnes79 says: Sep 4, 2012 6:29 PM

    He is a better option then anything the Cards have right now!

  25. fflnick says: Sep 5, 2012 10:16 AM

    Dolphins prey on the positive/wanting to help the team player Garrard is.
    He agrees to work out throwing passes.
    He does it gingerly. The Dolphins then say “see he is healthy” and cut him without an injury settlement.
    As most know, a contract is week to week if a player is not on the roster before the first game.
    Now the Dolphins don’t have to pay him.

    Very manipulative of Jeff Ireland to get out of the contract.
    You see why nobody wants to play for the Dolphins with actions like this.

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