The New York Jets have signed free agent quarterback David Garrard to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports. Garrard, 35, has not played in the NFL since 2010 with the Jacksonville Jagaurs. Garrard sat out all of the 2011 with a back injury.
Garrard spent training camp with the Miami Dolphins, and looked to be the likely starter heading into the first preseason game before a knee injury ended any chance of a comeback for the former Pro Bowler.
Garrard has a 39-37 record over a nine year career, throwing for 16,003 yards on 2,281 pass attempts, with 89 touchdowns and 75 interceptions. He has a career 85.8 passer rating.
The Jets now have five quarterbacks on their roster: Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms, and Garrard. The team is expected to release Tebow. Sanchez is currently the team's starter, but McElroy and Garrard are expected to challenge for the position.
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