New Jets GM John Idzik’s first two signings this off-season haven’t reaped early rewards. RB Mike Goodson was suspended for the first four-games due to an arrest in May, and QB David Garrard decided to retire prior to training camp. However, Goodson has now returned from his four-game suspension, and the Jets announced on Thursday that Garrard will also be returning to the team.
“I was able to take the whole summer off and let my body heal. I started training a couple of months ago and my knee feels great,” Garrard said. “I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why am I doing this to myself?’ I didn’t want to have any regrets one day.”
Garrard was placed on the Jets reserve/retired list in May after he decided to retire due to a long suffering knee injury. On Thursday, the team placed Garrard on the Jets exempt list, which means he can attend meetings and practice for two weeks, but he can’t play in any games. The Jets have these two weeks to decide whether or not to elevate him to the active squad.
“I reached out to Mr. Idzik,” Garrard said “He has given me another chance, so it’s truly a blessing.”
This is a no risk move by the Jets. Garrard will likely never see the field playing behind Geno Smith, but he is most certainly a better mentor for Smith than the current veteran QB on the roster, Brady Quinn.