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David Garrard wants to play this year, expects a call soon


Veteran quarterback David Garrard hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2010, but he thinks he can contribute to some team.

The 36-year-old Garrard says that his agent reached out to the Rams after Sam Bradford’s injury, and Garrard thinks he’d be a good fit in St. Louis or some other team that wants an experienced quarterback.

“I actually haven’t gotten any calls yet but my agent has reached out to the Rams and to a number of teams,” Garrard said on NFL AM. They’ve all said they have me on their ‘hot list’ so I think probably something will happen after these last cuts once teams realize who is available, who is not available and then maybe somebody like myself can join a team.”

Garrard spent some time with the Jets last year, but a bad knee gave him trouble and at one point he said he’d have to retire. However, Garrard says he’s now in good shape and good to go.

“I took time off after I retired, I wasn’t doing any training and once I started training again when the season got started I realized that my knee was doing great,” Garrard said.

Realistically, if any team wanted Garrard, that team probably would have wanted him to be on the roster through training camp. So it seems like a long shot that he’d actually get a call. But if there’s a team out there that finds itself with a need at quarterback this season, Garrard is just a phone call away.

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39 Responses to “David Garrard wants to play this year, expects a call soon”
  1. stonegossardstyle says: Aug 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    He may have to change phones often to get one to ring. Wow

  2. owentoo says: Aug 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    ‘Hot list’, eh? That’s right up there with “We’ll keep your resume on file.”

  3. bobby2478 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:08 PM

    he’s proven he can be a productive player. wouldn’t hurt for some teams to call him in for a workout at least

  4. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 28, 2014 1:10 PM

    The new Jeff George.

  5. udkidd says: Aug 28, 2014 1:10 PM

    as a 49ers fan why wouldnt we sign him to compete with Gabbert?

  6. grndizzle says: Aug 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    Is this guy serious?

  7. aziceman says: Aug 28, 2014 1:20 PM

    I too and asking my agent to contact a few teams who may need some help.

    I’ve never been on a “hot list” …..sounds cool.

  8. ohand16 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:23 PM


  9. provguard says: Aug 28, 2014 1:23 PM

    Maybe Garrard should have prepared for retirement like everyone else.

  10. frenchysgoldfish says: Aug 28, 2014 1:26 PM

    Dave, your long all pro career leading your teams to multiple championships is long ov… oh wait…. never mind.

  11. doe22us says: Aug 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    Translation: I need one more NFL sizable pay check to sit on the bench.

  12. corkspop says: Aug 28, 2014 1:32 PM

    Please Buffalo….. NO!

  13. DaveKShape says: Aug 28, 2014 1:38 PM

    Week 11 – “Team that suffers season-ending QB injury signs veteran David Garrard for depth.”

    Week 11.5 – “Team releases David Garrard due to flare up of preexisting injury.”

  14. cranialdisturbance says: Aug 28, 2014 1:39 PM

    Just good enough to get you beat.

  15. explosionsauce says: Aug 28, 2014 1:41 PM

    udkidd says:
    Aug 28, 2014 1:10 PM
    as a 49ers fan why wouldnt we sign him to compete with Gabbert?


    Because Gabbert is a lock to be in the roster because of his guaranteed salary, there is no backup QB competition in SF. Never was.

  16. bobbybrown3 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:44 PM

    This reminds me of Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite..

    “If coach woulda put in me in we would’ve won state , no doubt about it”

    Sorry Dave, but just like Uncle Rico you can’t go back in time…

  17. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 28, 2014 1:44 PM

    Smart move by Garrard to reach out to St. Louis. … Tom Coughlin has stated that the Jags drafted Garrard because he reminded them so much of their nemesis Steve McNair. … And even if he reminds Jeff Fisher of an aged McNair Lite, the coach won’t be able to help himself.

  18. mogogo1 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    If there were any interest somebody would have had him into camp to take a look at him before now.

  19. rcosborne59 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:54 PM

    Maybe he misunderstood. Probably the ‘HOT’ mess list.

  20. trbowman says: Aug 28, 2014 1:54 PM

    When you look at some of the backups in this league, it’s really not far fetche to think Garrard would be an upgrade on a lot of them.

  21. rdefranc27 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:56 PM

    Much respect to David Garrard and his battle with Crohn’s disease. He is an inspiration to many.

  22. jacobjakejack says: Aug 28, 2014 1:57 PM


  23. erik40133 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:58 PM

    Uh oh someone didn’t prepare for retirement.

  24. ratbirdsrule says: Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    a healthy old garrard…is better than some of these young starters. it’s true, it’s true

  25. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    Someone PLEASE kick his walker out from under him.

  26. FlashPatterson says: Aug 28, 2014 2:05 PM

    The ole bank account must be running dry.

  27. jlmd17 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:12 PM


  28. aerodz says: Aug 28, 2014 2:18 PM

    I can just picture him and Tim Tebow sitting by the phone, biting their nails, waiting for a call that will never come…

  29. spellmethis says: Aug 28, 2014 2:22 PM

    Can I get in on this hot list, too? Last played center in high school in 2004 but I’ve got some left in the tank.

  30. cbs1971 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:26 PM

    “expecting a call” is one thing, but actually getting one is another. Sorry dude, you’ll be staring at that red phone for no reason.

  31. j0hnny63 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:28 PM

    Jeff George is flabbergasted.

  32. rajbais says: Aug 28, 2014 2:47 PM

    Even though you physically can’t get up off your couch????

    T.O. deserves a look more than you do.

    He might be old, but you quit after your knee was bothering you with the Jets.

  33. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 28, 2014 3:06 PM

    “Hello, Rams? I have a QB that hasnt played in 3 years, who didnt play that well when he did start. Are you interested? … … Hello? Hello?”

  34. iloveagoodnap says: Aug 28, 2014 3:14 PM

    The Bills would be smart to sign him or Orton to a 1 year deal. But there’s a reason they haven’t made the playoffs in 14 years. So they wont.

  35. jw619 says: Aug 28, 2014 3:23 PM

    Why haven’t the Raiders reached out?…Oh ya he’s not on a team so they can’t give a late round pick for a washed out quarterback. I guess they will wait until next year and give San Francisco a fifth rounder for Blaine Gabbert. This coming from a Raider Fan…Heavy sigh:(

  36. savojah says: Aug 28, 2014 6:12 PM

    Tebow and Vince Young can’t get a call? Wow

  37. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Aug 28, 2014 7:51 PM

    If healthy Garrard would be an upgrade over Bradford.

  38. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:06 PM

    “Hello David, this is the 49ers, get your bags packed… NOW!!!!”

  39. mackie66 says: Aug 29, 2014 7:41 AM

    David,,,just step back from the pipe…

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