On Monday the New York Jets announced that the team has signed veteran quarterback David Garrard. The nine-year veteran recently impressed the Jets at a workout which does not make this move much of a surprise.
This signing has been met with some scrutiny but the fact of the matter is that David Garrard meets all of the Jets' criteria for a free agent quarterback. Garrard is a respected veteran leader that has the ability (when healthy) to challenge Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback spot. In addition, David comes with an affordable price tag which is crucial as Gang Green has very limited cap space.
This should be considered a low risk, high reward move by the Jets and that is with acknowledgement that David Garrard has missed the last 2 seasons due to injuries. Lets not forget the fact that Garrard won the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback spot last summer prior to injuring his knee. Also just because the Jets signed David does not mean that the organization will not explore other options. I believe that the Jets will sign another veteran, like a Brady Quinn, and will explore the option of trading for a player like Nick Foles. I honestly think that there will be a lot of competition at the quarterback position.
Don't press the panic button just yet Jets fans, this is going to be a very long offseason full of change and roster restructuring.