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.
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.
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.
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.