FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Jets announced Monday that they will indeed active quarterback David Garrard to the 53-man roster, releasing quarterback Brady Quinn in the process.
The writing was on the wall for Quinn when the Jets decided to bring Garrard back for a two game “tryout” period, in which he was kept on the exempt list to see if he was healthy enough to play. In the end, the Jets bring back the quarterback they wanted all along to mentor rookie Geno Smith.
General manager John Idzik signed Garrard during the offseason, with the possibility of him competing for the starting job behind Smith and Mark Sanchez, but the veteran was forced to retire during minicamp because of chronic knee problems.
Still, time spent on the shelf (and playing flag football with his wife) allowed Garrard to get healthy, never losing the itch to play.
“When I left, I knew I just needed time to get away, and let my body heal up,” said Garrard upon returning. “My knee was truly bothering me. I just took the whole summer and relaxed. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do any kind of conditioning.”
“I don’t want to turn 50 one day and think back and say, ‘what if I just called somebody,’” he said.
Looks like he made the right choice.