In some rather unexpected news that surfaced out of the media circus that has become the New York Jets, veteran quarterback David Garrard is reportedly leaving the organization.
According to a number of reports, Garrard told his teammates on Wednesday afternoon that will not return, saying, “my knee is not holding up.” For starters, that now leaves the Jets with four quarterbacks on the depth after parting ways with Tim Tebow just last month.
Text from Garrard: “Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) May 15, 2013
Garrard’s decision has big time ramifications for Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez, most notably. In addition, Matt Simms and Greg McElory are also on the roster and at the time being, they remain alive and well in the race for the team’s opening day starting position.
So far, the Jets have not really had to decide anything on the field. By releasing Tebow and now having Garrard part ways with the team on his own, the depth chart at the quarterback position is dwindling itself down by default.
Many do speculate that it will come down to either Smith or Sanchez for the team’s starting job in Week 1 and with that being said, it’s likely going to be the most publicized and covered positional race heading into training camp.
For Garrard, at this point he could very well be planning to retire, especially considering he cited knee problems as the issue for his decision.
Follow Paul Seaver on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS