March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard signed with the Miami Dolphins, who missed out on free agents Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn.
Garrard, who was out of the National Football League in 2011 after being cut by the Jaguars, said last night on his Twitter page he “couldn’t be happier” about his new team.
Garrard, 34, may compete with Matt Moore for the starting quarterback job in Miami next season. The Dolphins had Manning, Flynn and Alex Smith in for visits, though Manning is headed for the Denver Broncos, ESPN reported, and Flynn signed with the Seattle Seahawks. The Dolphins may still consider signing Smith, who spent the past six NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, the Associated Press said.
In nine seasons in Jacksonville, Garrard passed for 16,003 yards, with 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions. He was the Jaguars’ starter from 2005-10 and was released five days before the first game of the 2011 regular season.
The Dolphins reached out to Garrard when Chad Henne suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, but Garrard underwent back surgery in October.
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