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Jets announce David Garrard attempting (another) comeback


If Mark Sanchez is still alive, then it only makes sense that David Garrard’s knee has been risen from the dead.

The Jets announced that David Garrard has made his way back to the team, and has been given a two-week roster exemption. He’ll give them another veteran backup for Geno Smith to go along with or instead of Brady Quinn, who has been inactive each week.

“I was able to take the whole summer off and let my body heal. I started training a couple of months ago and my knee feels great,” Garrard said, via the team’s official website.  “I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why I am doing this to myself? I didn’t want to have any regrets one day.”

Garrard was signed in March, but was placed on the reserve/retired list in May, after his historically bad knees began giving him trouble again.

“I reached out to Mr. Idzik,” Garrard said of General Manager John Idzik.  “He has given me another chance, so it’s truly a blessing.”

It would probably take a miracle for Garrard to stay healthy, but at this stage, it’s a no-risk move for the Jets.

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47 Responses to “Jets announce David Garrard attempting (another) comeback”
  1. revischrist16 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:01 AM

    Good veteran backup, but can he still play?

  2. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Oct 10, 2013 11:04 AM

    Im surprised nobody reached out to Jeff George, he can still play!

    – Jason Whitlock

  3. masjax says: Oct 10, 2013 11:08 AM

    Good luck David!

  4. obiwanbonogi says: Oct 10, 2013 11:10 AM

    It should be noted that Phil Simms’ spawn Matt Simms is still the backup QB.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 10, 2013 11:12 AM

    This should go about as well as Brandon Roy’s comeback.

  6. skoobyfl says: Oct 10, 2013 11:13 AM

    Where has all the time gone ?

  7. lingsun54 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    I take it John Kitna isn’t answering his phone right now.

  8. vbar32 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:22 AM

    Maybe Namath could be third string

  9. dlk47823 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:23 AM

    Never hurts to have a proven veteran backup. I’m sure he can help as a mentor now that Sanchez will be off the sideline for awhile.

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 10, 2013 11:23 AM

    This certainly makes more sense than the Tennessee Titans calling JaMarcus Russell to express interest last weekend.

  11. phinfan says: Oct 10, 2013 11:33 AM

    Best of luck David. Seems your issue keeps surfacing so maybe a backup roll is the best for your health.

  12. boots44 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:36 AM

    Sanchez said he is gonna leave him some headbands in his locker

  13. flutieflakes says: Oct 10, 2013 11:37 AM

    Good for him, wish him the best.

  14. realitypolice says: Oct 10, 2013 11:39 AM

    Listen, I respect the fact that the guy is a competitor and wants to play, but when is he going to realize that the only reason his knee feels fine is because he’s NOT playing?

  15. devildog911 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:46 AM

    Hey Jacksonville, don’t you wish he’s still your QB?

  16. coltzfan166 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:52 AM

    And Brady Quinn is working on his resume

  17. jagmankane says: Oct 10, 2013 12:01 PM

    Jaguars? lol

  18. dalcow4 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:03 PM

    Why not? Beats working and he’s not that old.

  19. billsfan1 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:03 PM

    Wait, wasn’t Doug FLutie available?

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:05 PM

    The Vikings really could have used him.

  21. dtownsportslions says: Oct 10, 2013 12:07 PM

    Seems like a good guy. Wish him the best of luck

  22. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 10, 2013 12:07 PM

    He’s got a bad knee and a bad back. He ought to be thankful he feels good and not come back for more.

  23. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Oct 10, 2013 12:18 PM

    If Garrard can be in Genos ear instead of Sanchez it would be great. How dare Sanchez think he can give anyone pointers. Smh. Go away Sanchez.

  24. scaredhitless says: Oct 10, 2013 12:24 PM


    Brady Quinn and Matt Simms know so much about winning at the NFL level, playing in the playoffs, being a mobile quarterback, and the most important thing… Geno needs a mentor.

  25. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Oct 10, 2013 12:26 PM

    Best QB the Jags ever had! And he sucked LOL!!!!

  26. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 10, 2013 12:30 PM

    Jag fan here.

    Great guy – I always pulled for Garrard.

    Hope this works out for the dude and he won’t be risking any serious injury.

  27. jillbrenneman says: Oct 10, 2013 12:40 PM

    Why David Garrard? Testaverde is still working out in the gym at the senior citizens home. Vinnie must have a few throws left in him? If not certainly Richard Todd is a viable candidate.

  28. negativten says: Oct 10, 2013 12:47 PM

    Too bad For Jacksonville that the Jaguars didn’t make this announcement,They haven’t been relevant since they phased him out

  29. roxtar10 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:51 PM

    How is Brady Quinn still in football? He somehow consistently gets signed as a back-up, yet, if anyone is ever put in a position that they might need him, it’s an immediate shop for something better. Why not get the something better right from the start? Or is Quinn just that good in camp?

  30. ccjcsr says: Oct 10, 2013 1:10 PM

    “I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why I am doing this to myself? I didn’t want to have any regrets one day.”
    Must have looked at his Financial Forecast and is looking for an extra boost!

  31. allnflfan says: Oct 10, 2013 1:23 PM

    It was painful to watch him last year on Hard Knocks with Miami. I wish the man the best, but I’d be surprised if he makes it through one practice.

  32. pmuraus says: Oct 10, 2013 1:37 PM

    What? He is old? So Brady and Manning who are even older are dinos?

  33. iammrbinky says: Oct 10, 2013 2:11 PM

    Can the Jets be this stupid? He fleeced the Phins for a million last year and already stole money from the Jets this year before “retiring”. Fool me once……..

  34. randomguy9999 says: Oct 10, 2013 2:52 PM

    Garrard blew a knee at home BBQing with the family… is he really up to NFL play now…

    they should have got someone else

  35. steelerben says: Oct 10, 2013 3:00 PM

    Garrard is coming back to be a third stringer, much like Grossman in DC. He’ll be there to keep Geno pointed in the right direction, help him in the film room, and calm him down on the sidelines. If Garrard makes it into a game then something dire has happened.

    It makes sense to bring him back if he wants to play because the Jets already hold his rights and could use him as a mentor. He’s got a two week window to show that he’s going to be able to fill the role or they can cut him with no loss at all.

  36. citizenstrange says: Oct 10, 2013 3:15 PM

    The Jets could put Garrard in to start this Sunday and he would still beat Roethlisberger ….. again.

  37. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 10, 2013 3:22 PM

    Still better than Rogers.

  38. harrycanyon says: Oct 10, 2013 3:58 PM

    Garrard was done the first time he left the game. A come back after sitting for a few years is a pipe dream at best. This lasts maybe a month at best before he’s gone again. Garrard at his peak wasn’t all that great to begin with.

  39. dolphins4 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:01 PM

    Only the Jets would even consider bringing back some wore out has been who could get hurt walking out for the morning news paper.

  40. rtroy23 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:09 PM

    anyone else think that he was brought in because sanchez wont be around and its good to have a player/coach/mentor?

  41. joshnyc1 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:13 PM

    Say what you want about Garrard, but he’s a class act and he’s a veteran presence. A veteran presence for a locker room who’s recent history has had a lack thereof. If he can come in and be and help Geno Smith develop, I’m all for this move. I suppose insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, but i think his persistence and determination speaks to his character. The kind of character that would only help a Jets locker room..

  42. keltictim says: Oct 10, 2013 4:19 PM

    The reason Brady Quinn is still around is he is a solid fundamental quarterback. The main problem throughout his career has been the terrible teams he has played for. Any qb would have looked horrible on those teams.

  43. vegasgreek says: Oct 10, 2013 5:00 PM

    Jets win on MNF was a FLUKE ! After they play the Steelers they will start losing again and not so Fat Rex will be out of a job. BOOK IT !

  44. grantlee11 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:49 PM

    Looks like Rex is going to have to get yet another tattoo. I wonder if Mrs. Ryan gets tired of trying on all those jerseys while she’s barefoot?

  45. borisbulldog says: Oct 10, 2013 6:02 PM

    Jets may lead the NFL in the darkest QB roster.

  46. afcdomination says: Oct 10, 2013 6:17 PM

    when he was on hard knocks, I saw that knee, IMO, he was done then, and needed to retire. I wish him well, as he always played a lot better than anyone expected he would. but at the same time this guy is a knee injury waiting to happen

    best of luck to him

  47. afcdomination says: Oct 10, 2013 6:19 PM

    to the Quinn comment. this just is not true. were the teams bad? yes. but he had a big hand in that. last year in KC, they had no business winning only 2 games, they did it because Quinn spent so much time giving the ball away in key moments, and playing lousy football. he helped KC get to 2 wins, cassel wins more than that, and it surprises me Quinn is even still around

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