The move came as a shock to Garrard and his agent, the latter of whom told the Florida Times-Union that Garrard "had been assured the starting gig this year."
"This had to be a last minute decision," said Al Irby, Garrard's agent. "That's the only thing I can say. I don't think these guys would purposely tell me one thing and [do another]."
Irby went on to say that three teams have reached out to him in attempts to sign the 33-year-old, but declined to name them. Garrard is taking his time with the decision, since it's clear he'll have a job somewhere in the NFL this year, just not a starting gig like the one he had in Jacksonville.
Landing spots for Garrard that have been tossed around are the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, both of whom don't have the most secure of starting quarterbacks for the present or future, and the Baltimore Ravens, who are desperately in need of a backup quarterback after Tyrod Taylor's injury.
Jags head coach Jack Del Rio said the decision was "purely football," and was clearly dissatisfied with Garrard's performance in the preseason and during practice. Per, again, the Florida Times-Union:
"We understand the importance of the position," Del Rio said. "He just couldn't get it going. We were hoping for some sign of life. For him to pick it up and get it going."