The New York Jets are expected to sign veteran quarterback David Garrad when free agency opens on March 12th, per ESPN New York, according to Adam Schefter from ESPN.
David Garrard “anticipates putting a deal together” with Jets once they can work through cap issues, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2013
Two things are true in New York for the Jets: they are roughly $8 million under the salary cap and they need some serious help in figuring out what’s going on at quarterback. Last season was a new low for the Jets when it comes to quarterback troubles, and this is coming from a guy who remembers the short lived Rick Mirer era in Jets history.
Mark Sanchez clearly proved last season that he can’t quarterback a team that has no talent, which to be honest is a hard thing to do. But the infamous ‘butt-fumble’ essentially summed up where Sanchez is in his career and it’s time for the Jets to bring in real competition for the starting job. The Tim Tebow debacle was only the beginning of the Jets problems in terms of quarterback depth but new general manager John Idzik is not leaving any leaf unturned when it comes to finding a backup.
Idkiz is so serious about finding a viable backup that he could very well have five quarterbacks on his roster once Garrard is signed an until they cut or trade Tim Tebow, New York will be carrying six quarterbacks.
Mark Sanchez will be named the early starter but Garrard, Greg McElroy, Aaron Simms and likely Brady Quinn will be competing for depth chart positioning. Earlier this week it was reported that Quinn is expected to land with the Jets, but with news that Garrard is expected to come to town, Quinn’s future with the Jets is now in flux.
The fact that two former starting quarterbacks in the NFL are being circulated as possible signings for the Jets shows just how little faith New York has in Sanchez. New York is a mess right now and it will be interesting to see how the quarterback controversy of 2013 plays off what we witnessed in 2012.