David Garrard’s Potential New Destinations: Buccaneers, Bengals and Bears


The teams most link to David Garrard are the Seahawks, Redskins, Dolphins, Colts, and 49ers because their starting quarterback situations are all perceived to be bad. The other five I hear about – Raiders, Ravens, Jets, Panthers and Chiefs – have a lack of depth.

David Garrard has announced that he’s going to sit back this weekend and see if the offers change after week 1. This is a bit of a risk as his eventual deal isn’t going to be a guaranteed one after week 1, but there may be a more desperate team after that time.

At least half of those teams above are interested in David Garrard here on Saturday, but there are three more teams that might be interested on Sunday night.

The Bears
Why it’s a good fit: The Bears have Caleb Hanie – who the coaching staff hasn’t fallen for and a rookie Nathan Enderle as back-ups. Now, this destination is intriguing because I think Hanie can play and he’d be cut or traded for a 5th or 6th-round pick if Garrard were¬† signed. This destination will be more intriguing if the crumbling offensive line doesn’t block John Abraham and Ray Edwards on Sunday and Cutler ends up hurt or knocked out.
Why it’s a bad fit: Mike Martz’s offense is a complex one which – in the scenario where Cutler is hurt – means Garrard wouldn’t be ready to command it next Sunday, and probably not until the end of this season.
Current Back-Up: Caleb Hanie 0-0, 0 TD, 1 INT, 39.6 QB rating.

The Bengals
Why it’s a good fit: The Bengals are starting rookie Andy Dalton, who will likely have growing pains. Their O-line could allow defenses to pummel the franchise signal-caller into a shell or at least onto IR. It may make more sense to let big-bodied, mobile Garrard take the lumps until the line stabilizes. He could get his revenge in Jacksonville October 9th.
Why it’s a bad fit: There’s really no reason not to do this if Dalton struggles unless competition drives up Garrard’s price.
Current Starter: Andy Dalton, rookie
Current Back-Up: Bruce Gradkowski 6-14, 20 TD, 23 INT, 65.9 QB rating.

The Buccaneers
Why it’s a good fit: Josh Johnson could leave next year in free agency and – believe it or not – David Garrard will be cheaper, so long as a team like the Colts or Bengals – who would make him a starter – doesn’t take him. Garrard would get to stay in the Florida area. If Freeman is injured, he could get his revenge in Jacksonville December 11th.
Why it’s a bad fit: At 33, his days as a starter would be done, possibly for good.
Current Back-Up: Josh Johnson 0-4, 4 TD, 8 INT, 46.8 QB rating.


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4 Responses to “David Garrard’s Potential New Destinations: Buccaneers, Bengals and Bears”

  1. cmaurath says:

    Who is Josh Johnson ?

  2. Football fan says:

    Jhonsons da backup.
    And heres why I hate these new choices. Obiously he wouldnt want to be demoted to backup on bears and buccaneers. Hes underatted and the 2010 probowler will only take backup on the pro bowl team. The bengals suck like crazy. Dalton needs to develop and green needs to as a second reciever. And while garrard would be good at running around when james harrison is charging towards him twice a year, he has no dangerous weapons. Yes hes used to also just handing the ball off to a rb the difference is hes used to handing off to one that keeps getting better not worse. Skinz are his best option.

  3. The truth says:

    Dang and people say the redskins is where careers go to die, but the jags… some sad qb stuff. Its like instantly after release automatic disgrace. After that 2007 season with leftwhich he wasnt even 1/4 bad but they cut him. Ever since hes beem looked at as a sucky backup when hes really a guy who hasnt gotten respect, now garrard has the same problem facing him I hope he picks a team where he can effectively start. Washington and miami are two hood destinayions, maybe san fran, but its gina b like ur in the same team cuz of the same types of weapons on offense

  4. JAY says:

    GO TO MIAMI!!!!!!!