Jets sign David Garrard


The New York Jets have a new quarterback.

David Garrard, a nine-year veteran who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2010, signed with the Jets today, the team has announced.

Garrard had what he described as a “great” workout with the Jets on February 28, but when the days passed and he didn’t sign, there was speculation that the Jets didn’t agree with Garrard about how “great” he looked. That speculation increased when Garrard began talking about a return to Miami, where he was briefly the Dolphins’ No. 1 quarterback in training camp last year.

But now Garrard is a Jet, and he’ll compete with Mark Sanchez to be the starter. At the moment, it appears that Sanchez has a leg up on that quarterback competition. Greg McElroy is also in the mix for the Jets, while Tim Tebow is almost certain to be released, and Matt Simms is on the roster but isn’t viewed as more than a camp arm.

The Jets may still add another quarterback, but at the moment it looks like it’s a Sanchez-Garrard-McElroy competition.