Free agent quarterback David Garrard would appear to meet the Denver Broncos' need for a veteran quarterback to push Tim Tebow next season, but Cecil Lammey of ESPN 102.3 is reporting that Garrard is a longshot to reunite with Jack Del Rio in Denver. The relationship between the two men no doubt suffered when the Jacksonville Jaguars chose to release Garrard just five days prior to the start of the 2011 season and turned to Luke McCown before settling on rookie QB Blaine Gabbert.
The four-year starter for the Jags recently told Tania Ganguli of the Jacksonville.com he feels 90 to 95 percent healthy after surgery to repair a herniated disk in the fall of 2011, and said he is just hoping to find a good opportunity in 2012:
"I'm going to make sure whatever team I go to has talent at the skill positions, so when my name is called I've got the best guys around me that are all proven," Garrard said. "That city the fans, the team itself, the skill players, the coaches, the system, all those things I get to take in account and weigh my options."
"I don't have a big ego. I love starting, I love being the guy that everybody looks up to. If that's not quite the situation... I don't have any harsh feelings toward that."
In that same story, Tania Ganguli noted that "Garrard never publically criticized the Jaguars for releasing him, but some, including Garrard's agent, questioned the timing." That might be enough to eliminate him as a possibility for the Broncos.