Former Jaguars Quarterback David Garrard reportedly worked out for the Dolphins today, leaving without a contract. If you follow these things, you know that “leaving without a contract” means that either the player didn’t want to be there, but did want their name in the headlines, or the organization didn’t want them enough to sign them.
During the last few days, there has been much talk of how the Dolphins wanted Garrard, but didn’t want to give him guaranteed money. It’s odd, really. Garrard outplayed current starter Chad Henne by a landslide in 2010, where Garrard threw for over 2,700 yards, 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on a 90.8 quarterback rating. Henne, meanwhile, threw for more yards (over 3,300), but also threw only 15 touchdowns to go with 19 interceptions on a 75.4 quarterback rating. He currently remains stuck in the high 70s in QB rating. Henne isn’t terrible but needs more growth, so playing him this season was indeed the right move, but if Henne really is out for the year, Garrard seems to be, by far, the best available option, unless you’re a fan of Jake Delhomme. If you read the link above, there is a statement from Garrard’s agent explaining that he “would’ve loved to be a Dolphin”. Why not guarantee $1 million on a $3.5 million incentive-laden contract. It seems an easy choice. You lose a million on 3rd string linemen that don’t play. What’s the big deal when you’re trying to save your job as anyone in the front office, and especially the coaching staff in Miami?