The Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran quarterback David Garrard today. Garrard, a fourth-round draft pick by the club in 2002, played in 86 games with 76 starts over the past nine seasons.
"He just wasn't able to get it going this preseason," Head Coach Jack Del Rio said in making the announcement along with General Manager Gene Smith. "He even admitted that when we talked today, that for whatever reason he just has not been able to find a rhythm, not been able to be his old self. And so with that being the case we just had to make a football decision and we decided to let him go, let him pursue interest elsewhere if he has that desire.
"But we thank him, we respect him, a lot of love for him," Del Rio added. "I think he's very appreciative of the opportunity he had here to lead this franchise and to be the quarterback, and so we're moving forward."
Garrard started the past four seasons for the Jaguars and led the club to the playoffs in 2007.
Garrard's career totals include 1,406 of 2,281 passing for 16,003 yards with 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions for an 85.8 passer rating. He also rushed for 1,746 yards and 17 touchdowns.