The Jags must have some serious confidence in QB David Garrard, as today they made it official, giving him a seven-year deal worth $60 million. “I pretty much had to say, â€˜Let’s go ahead and wrap it up. I’m done,”‘ Garrard said. “It’s too much stress on me and my family. My wife was done five weeks ago. She’s already been on board with everything. We just kept working on it and I finally just said, â€˜You know what, I’d rather be happy now, have the city happy now, have the team, the organization, the owner happy now than trying to string something out having everybody on edge.”
The deal that Garrard was looking for was similar to that of Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who got a six-year, $67.5 million dollar deal back last season. Garrard completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,509 yards and 18 touchdowns last year after he was given the starting job when the team decided to let former starter Byron Leftwich go. Garrard threw just three picks all year, and wrapped up the year with a QB rating of 102.2
When you look at what transpired and how David responded, I think that’s what’s most impressive,” caoch Jack Del Rio said. “A lot of people may have gotten down, gotten down on themselves, gotten bitter at me for the decision. Any number of things could have taken place that would have led to a different outcome. What you see is a young man that persevered, ultimately a coach that saw something, took a shot with him, and now we’re together here for the foreseeable future here in Jacksonville, and tied together and hungry for more.”
Garrard has been with the Jags since 2002, when he was the teams fourth-round pick. He has played in 40 career games, throwing for 6052 yards and 26 touchdowns and 16 picks. He’s got a career QB rating of 87.7.