Jets activate David Garrard, cut Brady Quinn

AP

The Jets made it clear they were interested in having David Garrard around as a mentor, no matter how long it took.

The team announced they had activated the veteran who was brought in two weeks ago on a roster exemption, and released Brady Quinn to make room for him on the 53-man roster.

The Jets brought the 35-year-old Garrard in early this offseason, when Mark Sanchez was still a factor and before Geno Smith was drafted.

But his traditionally bad knees forced a brief retirement, before he got some rest and decided to give it another shot.

Given his health in recent years (he hasn’t taken a snap since Dec. 26, 2010), it’s hard to imagine him as anything but a clipboard-holder, though he’s been a pro and should be a good influence on Smith.