Quarterback David Garrard interested in Miami Dolphins, but feeling not mutual so far

03/07/2013 12:01 AM

09/08/2014 6:22 PM

The Dolphins need a backup quarterback. David Garrard is looking for a job.

Seems like a perfect fit, right?

After all, Garrard might have been Miami’s starter last season, if not for an ill-timed knee injury.

However, a reunion doesn’t look likely — at least not yet.

Garrard, 35 and healthy again, tried out for the Jets last week, and New York apparently has real interest in bringing him in to compete with Mark Sanchez .

The Jets are one of several teams that have contacted Garrard about a possible comeback.

The Dolphins are not. Miami brass has not yet reached out to see if he would be interested in backing up Ryan Tannehill .

Too bad, Garrard said, because he would be just fine doing so.

“I would love to be back in Miami. I love the coaching staff; I love Ryan,” said Garrard, who has not taken a regular-season snap since 2010.

“Getting back in the league is what I want. I want to be able to go out in my career playing at a high level. I don’t want some freakish injuries to decide my career.”

Garrard, a Pro Bowler in 2009, has had a remarkable string of bad luck in recent years. A back injury cost him all of 2011. And then, just before he was set to start the preseason opener for Miami last August, his knee swelled up so much that he needed arthroscopic surgery.

By the time he was able to return to the practice field, Tannehill had won the starting job, and Matt Moore was in place as the No. 2. The Dolphins cut him just before the start of the regular season.

It might have been for the best, however. The knee wasn’t fully fixed; Garrard needed a minor follow-up procedure later in the fall, and by the time he recovered, it was too late in the season to catch on with another team.

Along the way, he kept in touch with his former training camp competition, Tannehill and Moore, sending texts of encouragement and advice. He hopes to take Tannehill fishing or golfing at some point in the offseason.

Other than that, he’s all business. Garrard said he feels great, with the extended rest allowing his knee to fully heal.

He has been working out in Jacksonville this winter, and said he got great feedback from the Jets during their meeting.

“If I do end up there, they hope they get the same David Garrard as 2010, who played pretty well,” he said. “That’s all I want. Want to get back in, show that I can be the same guy.”

This and that

• Running back Reggie Bush entering free agency is now a near-certainty. Some believe there will be a stronger-than-anticipated market for the former No. 2 overall pick, with the Lions among the teams expected to make a push for his services.
•  Jake Long , a guest on ESPN on Wednesday afternoon, also appears likely to shop around for a better deal.

“In the end, you want to win, you want to go to place and be part of a team that wins a Super Bowl,” Long said on NFL Live . “That’s what all of us want.”

Don’t discount Nate Garner coming back, either as a starter or a top reserve. Both sides have interest in keeping him in Miami.

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