Garrard Retires; Now Starts The Clowney Sweepstakes

Cortland Lee

There are reports out from many media outlets that New York Jets quarterback David Garrard has called it quits and will retire from the NFL due to a nagging knee injury. Adam Schein from CBS Sports tweets a text he received from Garrard:

“Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”

Garrard will finish his NFL career playing a respectable nine seasons throwing for 16,003 yards and 89 TDs.

Garrard will probably look to “retire as a Jag” and sign a one-day contract with Jacksonville. I must say, I hate these one day contract notions. Retire where you are! If you wanted to retire with the first you played for, you should have simply stay with that team. Signing a one day contract is not going to negate the two or three years you spend stinking up the place padding up you retirement account. It’s just annoying.

But back to the Jets….

Now I am definitely not here to fight for Garrard’s induction into the Hall of Fame. He is certainly not that caliber of a player. What is intriguing though is that Garrard’s retirement cuts down the Jet’s starting quarterback competition to Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, rookie Geno Smith, and Matt Simms, son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. The Jets started with six quarterbacks on their roster after drafting Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft last month. Just days later first year general manager John Idzik, who has made many bold moves since taking over for Mike Tannenbaum, cut quarterback Tim Tebow.

The Jets are going to be an awful football team this year but honestly they are headed in the right direction. They have cut down their payroll considerably by releasing overpriced veteran players, traded away their best player for good value in return, and drafted some great young players for the future. The next thing they need to do is get rid of Mark Sanchez but not yet. While I believe young Geno Smith is the future of this franchise, Sanchez is the best man to set them up for the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes.

Jadeveon Clowney is the clear consensus number one pick in next year’s NFL Draft and will make an immediate impact on any team he plays for next year. The Jets need to let Sanchez do what he does best, stink up the place, and draft this once in a lifetime player.

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