Although rusty, the 6-foot-1, 235 pound Garrard had a real opportunity to start Week 1 for the Jets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8.
“My knee is not holding up,” Garrard, 35, texted NFL.com’s Adam Schein. “Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”
A 2009 Pro Bowler, Garrard had thrown 89 scores, against 54 picks, for 16,003 yards since debuting with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002.
With a potentially standout defensive front seven, a responsible, veteran passer like Garrard made sense for this rebuilding version of the Jets.
Still gimpy from undergoing the knife last August, Garrard’s retirement tosses the 26-year-old Sanchez an undeserved lifeline.
Expected to be trashed like a used Trojan, Sanchez now seems destined to backup the 22-year-old Smith for boatloads of money.
Rather than manning the Jets’ most important position in the swamps of Jersey, David Garrard’s surprising goodbye means Mark Sanchez will remain employed off Exit 16W this autumn.by