David Garrard has the desire to play quarterback in the NFL this season, just not for the Miami Dolphins under the present circumstances according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
“There’s been a lot of speculation about me that I don’t appreciate,” said Garrard on Saturday. “I was going to lay low with the media but I feel I have to protect my name. I just want to make it clear that I’m a football player, I want to be with a team and be with an organization that will be as committed to me as I will be to them.”
Garrard admitted the Dolphins were one of the teams that initially contacted him after being abruptly released by the Jaguars on Sept. 6 and again this week when Miami starter Chad Henne went down for the season with a shoulder injury.
“I talked to them in the very beginning — they were one of the teams that were very interested,” said Garrard. “But they basically said, ‘We want to give our guy (Henne) a chance, see how he performs and if we don’t like way it goes, we’ll make a move.’ Then it comes when (Henne) unfortunately gets hurt. My feeling is if you want me, prove it to me.”
“They were not willing to guarantee me the kind of money that reflects a real commitment and what I believe would protect me from being cut twice in one season,” Garrard said. “That doesn’t mean I’m one of those players who thinks I’m worthy of another big pay day. My thoughts are the money I did want guaranteed the rest of the year was miniscule with respect to what I accomplished over my career. It wasn’t outrageous.”
“I didn’t think I have ability to change an organization in that situation,” Garrard said. “I’m just one man. This is a team sport. I told them I’ve been part of locker rooms with teams that are struggling. I know how the vibe can be in there and it’s tough.
“Maybe if I had started the season with them, it would be different. The concept of coming in under these circumstances and fast-tracking me to play — I have no history with that. Is the head coach (Tony Sparano) going to be there in two weeks? Then what? I prayed about this and there are just too many things in my heart and mind that says this is just not something I feel I can put my family through.”