In Jaguars v. David Garrard, I’m going to have to go with Jaguars.
We checked in on Garrard’s odd story on Monday, wondering about the timeline that dictated back surgery this week and took him out of the mix for Oakland.
The Times-Union’s Tania Ganguli's report on Garrard today quotes his agent, Al Irby, claiming the Jaguars withheld injury information from Garrard when he was cut on Sept. 6.
It sure seems like sour grapes to me. The Jaguars evaluated Garrard’s back when he had issues during the preseason and Garrard and his camp raised no objections or concerns about him being hurt when the team let him go.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith told Ganguli in an email that, "David went through the standard process that all players go through when released."
But Irby wants to run with a stereotype and will score with some who want to cast the Jaguars as cheap. From an email to Ganguli:
"At $500,000 per game, they knew he would be down 4-6 weeks. They didn't want to pay that bill. Now you know the difference between a first-class organization like Indy, and a sorry organization like the Jags. Indy gave their QB a contract even though he couldn't play all season. ... David was told his back was fine. So he took them for their word.
"Now he has to go to surgery, and Jacksonville is saying, 'Not my problem.' What a first class organization!"
Um, Al, did you just put Garrard in a class with Peyton Manning?
You did, and it’s utterly ridiculous.
If Garrard had a back issue when he was let go, you dropped the ball by not raising it, don’t you think?
So here’s some volume for that.