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New York Jets Make it Official and Sign David Garrard

By Alan Schechter

Aug. 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard (9) during a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez, meet your newest competitor for your starting position.

The Jets announced today that they have come to terms with quarterback David Garrard. The deal comes just one week after the Jets had him to facility for a workout. The Jets, as we all know, are looking to set up a full competition for Mark Sanchez, and David Garrard will fit the bill of that first competitor.

Garrard, a nine-year NFL veteran, joins the Jets with a career 85.8 passer rating. During his career, he has played in 86 NFL games with 76 starts, completing 61.6 percent (1.406-of-2,281) of his passes for 16,003 yards and 89 touchdowns with 54 interceptions.

Garrard recorded a career high passer rating of 102.2 in 2007 when he led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 9-3 start (missed three games due to injury and did not play in the season finale) and threw for 2,509 yards and 18 touchdowns with an NFL-low three interceptions as he completed 208-of-325 passes. The three interceptions in 325 pass attempts stands as the third-lowest interception percentage (0.92) in a season for any quarterback in NFL history with 300-or-more pass attempts.

The biggest concern with David will be his rust. He hasn’t played since 2011 after back surgery, although he nearly made it all the way back in 2012 with the Dolphins, before he was released at the last minute.

If Garrard is healthy, this is legitimate competition for Mark. Garrard can play, in my opinion.

It’s about time they brought in some competition for Mark.