MIAMI, FLORIDA – The Miami Dolphins were hoping to land Peyton Manning for the 2012 season but now that the former Colt has decided on the Denver Broncos the Dolphins have decided to pick up Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard.
The Canadian Press reports that Garrard signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on Monday. Garrard was told that he’ll have a shot at the starting job but wasn’t sure who he would be competing against. Garrard said:
“They didn’t say for sure if they were bringing another guy in, but they said it’s a possibility, whether in the draft or whatever.”
The Dolphins have been looking for a new quarterback. In the last week they’ve seen Manning, Matt Flynn, and Alex Smith. For the moment, the Dolphins will have to concentrate on 2012 with either Garrard or Matt Moore in the position.
“It’s going to be a great competition, and I’m all about that… I’m going to do my best to make sure it’s me on opening day.”
Garrard played for the Jaguars from 2005-2010. In 2007 Garrard threw 18 touchdown passes. In 2008 and 2009 he topped 3,500 yards. Garrard was let go at the start of 2011 and was courted by the Dolphins, but he decided to sit the season out in order to have back surgery.
“It was taken away from me, and it gave me a great perspective on life and this game. I want to make sure when I leave this game, I do it when I’m ready to go, and there’s never any remorse or thought of, could I have done more?”
Do you think David Garrard will be the starting quarterback for Miami this year?