David Garrard to ‘call it quits’

David Garrard likely will not play for the Jets this season due to nagging injuries.

In a text to SNY’s Adam Schein, Garrard writes: “Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”

Tania Ganguli, reporter for the Houston Chronicle, tweeted, “I texted David Garrard to ask if he was planning to retire a Jaguar. His reply: ‘[You] know it. Jags’”

Ian Rapport of NFL.com previously wrote that Garrard has told “two players he no longer plans to be with the Jets, per sources. Nothing official from team. Unclear if cut/retired.”

Garrard is still on the Jets roster at this time, but has asked the team to “give him a day or two” to make a decision, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We had heard from soneone who was in the training facility on the day that the Jets worked out Garrard — before they even signed him —  and apparently the onlooker wasn’t that impressed with what they saw from Garrard’s game many months back.  If Garrard’s knee can’t hold up through the month of May, then the Jets can’t plan on him being able to make it through a single game as a starter, let alone a month or two.  Signing Garrard was all upside for the front office, but the move never had teeth.  The Jets will now be forced to ask whether they want to continue on with just McElroy, Sanchez, Simms and Smith, or to bring in another veteran to compete for the job.  If they don’t, will this now make Sanchez into the “troubled veteran” role that Garrard was supposed to play out?

I took a look at the ESPN Free Agent Tracker and you’re going to laugh at who’s on top of the free agent grading right now … of course it’s Tim Tebow.

The available players get increasingly dicey: Vince Young, Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich and Tyler Thigpen are among next group, with Trent Edwards, JaMarcus Russell, Matt Leinart and Jordan Palmer as well.

If the Jets are serious about bringing in a veteran to compete, they will either sign from what’s available or trade for a player for a low-round draft pick.  The Jets seem to want to sort out the QB competition sooner than later, so if adding another veteran must be part of the process, then they can’t afford to wait for another team to cut a potential veteran in the middle of camp or right on the cusp of the season with starting experience.