Back in the time before I was a part of this site, Adam Stites wrote a great piece about the potential trade market for David Garrard. In that article, Stites listed the Cardinals, Bills, Bengals, Browns, Dolphins, Vikings, 49ers, Seahawks, Titans, and Redskins as teams that could potentially be interested in acquiring David Garrard. That list has narrowed considerably, and with reports coming in that Blaine Gabbert has been pretty good in training camp, I think it’s as good a time as any to re-visit the unlikely possibility that David Garrard could be relieved of his position as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback.
Before everyone jumps all over me about writing this, I want to reiterate that I really believe that David Garrard will be the starter on opening day, and I think he’ll lead the Jaguars to the playoffs. Seriously. That being my belief, I want to be ready in-case I’m wrong. The following teams are the best possible landing places for David Garrard if he was to be traded.
Potential trading partner (Quarterbacks currently on team’s roster)
Washington Redskins (John Beck, Ben Chappell)
The Redskins have themselves what we like to call, “a really big freakin’ problem.” The Redskins could still re-sign Rex Grossman, but that seems unlikely at this point. If they don’t find someone else, John Beck will be the starter on opening day. With such a terrible quarterback situation, why the hell didn’t they draft Blaine Gabbert? Their loss, Jaguars’ gain.
Cleveland Browns (Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Troy Weatherhead, Jarrett Brown)
Outside of the Redskins, I can’t think of a better landing place for David Garrard. McCoy showed some promise at times, but it was never on a consistent “count-on-it” basis. Wallace has always been a solid backup, but he’s never shown the ability to win as a starter, but then again, he’s never been in a good position to win either.
Miami Dolphins (Chad Henne, Pat Devlin, Matt Moore, Tom Brandstater)
“Henne is the starter.” That may be the case, but if he’s not, you’re going to give the keys to the car to Pat Devlin? Sure the guy can play, but he wasn’t exactly the best quarterback in the draft (or in the top 5 for that matter). David Garrard may be forced to take his talents to South Beach, but it seems to be a remote possibility at best.
San Francisco 49ers (Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, McLeod Bethel-Thompson)
This isn’t a likely trading partner that would be in the market for David Garrard. Kaepernick is the future, but Alex Smith would seem to be getting one last chance to redeem himself. The 49ers haven’t done anything positive since the lockout ended. Is there any reason to believe they’ll start trying now?
Buffalo Bills (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyler Thigpen, Levi Brown, Josh Nesbitt, Brad Smith)
The Bills have little depth at the most important position in football. At this point, it would seem that they’ll be sticking with Fitzpatrick as their starter. Even if they were able to acquire a better starter (and Fitzpatrick isn’t bad), they have no chance of making the playoffs in 2011.