FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets made it official Thursday, placing QB David Garrard on the reserve/retired list.
The announcement came two weeks after Garrard declared his career was over. Hampered by a chronic knee ailment, which bothered him through the early portion of the offseason program, Garrard informed the team that he planned to retire.
"He had two years off, but when we brought him in for the workout and the physical, we thought, 'Let's give this a shot,'" said Rex Ryan. "Obviously, we knew he wouldn't be the same guy as eight years ago or something, but he was impressive. In the workout, he was impressive, no question. We were excited about him. Unfortunately, it didn't work out. Sometimes, before the skill level leaves you, it's hard to recover [physically]."
The Jets signed Garrard to a one-year, $1.1 million contract on March 11, with the expectation he would compete for the starting quarterback job. At the time, his main competition was incumbent Mark Sanchez, but the field expanded when they took Geno Smith in the second round of the draft.
Garrard claimed his decision had nothing to do with the addition of Smith, saying it was simply a matter of not being healthy. He underwent arthroscopic surgery last August as a member of the Dolphins, who released him. He revealed in a recent interview that most of his cartilage was removed, creating a painful, bone-on-bone condition.
In nine NFL seasons, all with the Jaguars, Garrard played in 86 games (started in 76), completed 61.6 percent (1,406-of-2,281) of his passes for 16,003 yards and 89 touchdowns with 54 interceptions. He hadn't played since 2010.
To fill his roster spot, the Jets signed former Seahawks WR Ben Obomanu, who was released in March. The Jets had been searching for a veteran wideout, and general manager John Idzik, a former Seahawks executive, is familiar with him.
Obomanu was drafted in the seventh round by the Seahawks in 2006. He has appeared in 66 games, with 87 receptions for 1,209 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2012, he played in eight games and caught four passes for 58 yards.