Free-agent quarterback David Garrard has signed a deal with the Jets, the team announced Monday afternoon.
A source familiar with the situation told Newsday earlier this month that Garrard and the Jets would “continue to talk” about a deal after the QB’s solid workout with the team.
Monday’s announcement came as little surprise after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported after Garrard’s workout that he “anticipates putting a deal together” with Jets once they can work through cap issues and that “both sides are feeling good about a possible deal.”
Garrard took the 2011 season off in order to recover from surgery on a herniated disk and signed as a backup quarterback with the Dolphins last offseason. He was forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in August 2012 and subsequently was cut by the team less than a month later.
During his nine years in Jacksonville, Garrard – an East Orange, N.J. native -- threw for 16,003 yards, 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions. After the Jags drafted Blaine Gabbert in 2011, Garrard was released five months later.
Garrard will join quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. Tim Tebow is expected to be released. The Jets also were rumored as a potential landing spot for Brady Quinn.
Although the Jets have stressed the importance of a quarterback competition, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said earlier today that Sanchez “will probably have just a little bit of a leg up.”