David Garrard retired from Jets on Thursday saying his knee was giving him trouble.
Garrard spent two years out of football and his knee problems were widely known, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports. An AFC personnel executive said at the time of the signing, “His knee is a concern. He’ll look fine in drills, but I don’t know if he can take a hit.” Turns out that Garrard, 35, couldn’t cut it in drills, either, prompting his abrupt retirement.
Garrard missed some workouts early in the off-season program, a source said, fueling speculation in the locker room that he wasn’t right, physically.
In recent practices, he was sharp on his short throws, Cimini was told, but he labored on longer routes because he couldn’t drive the ball, probably because of his balky knee. As a result, he bounced some passes.