Allen Kim

Jets Bring QB David Garrard Out Of Retirement

Oct 10, 2013 4:22 PM EST

David Garrard’s retirement certainly didn’t last long. The 35-year-old originally signed with the New York Jets back in March, but he announced his retirement in May due to a bad knee. After taking some time off to recover, he has decided to put his retirement on hold, and he’s been placed on the Jets’ exempt list.

“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,” said Garrard. “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.

“I reached out to Mr. Idzik. He has given me another chance, so it’s truly a blessing.”

With Garrard on their exempt list, the Jets have two weeks to decide whether or not they want to promote him to the active roster. If he does get promoted, he’ll likely serve as a mentor and backup for rookie QB Geno Smith.

Even through his struggles, Smith has had some success. He led the team to a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, throwing for 199 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-20 pass attempts. If the Jets end up signing Garrard, they’re likely to release QB Brady Quinn, who’s buried behind Smith and Matt Simms on the depth chart.