Garrard wants to play, but not for Dolphins
David Garrard may be in out of the NFL currently, but the quarterback isn't subscribing to the old saying that beggars can't be choosers.
As has been reported, Garrard turned down a chance to join the Miami Dolphins - as did his one-time backup in Jacksonville Trent Edwards - this week after Chad Henne was lost for the season because of shoulder surgery.
Now Garrard wants to set the record straight, saying he still wants to play quarterback in the NFL, just not in the current circumstances with the winless Dolphins.
"There's been a lot of speculation about me that I don't appreciate," Garrard told ESPN.com. "I was going to lay low with the media but I feel I have to protect my name. I just want to make it clear that I'm a football player, I want to be with a team and be with an organization that will be as committed to me as I will be to them."
Garrard went on to say that he did not believe he could turn the 0-4 Dolphins around and the unsettled situation involving Tony Sparano's job played a role as well.
"I didn't think I have ability to change an organization in that situation," Garrard said. "I'm just one man. This is a team sport. I told them I've been part of locker rooms with teams that are struggling. I know how the vibe can be in there and it's tough.
"Maybe if I had started the season with them, it would be different. The concept of coming in under these circumstances and fast-tracking me to play -- I have no history with that. Is the head coach going to be there in two weeks? Then what? I prayed about this and there are just too many things in my heart and mind that says this is just not something I feel I can put my family through."
Garrard's wife Mary is 13 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child. It remains unclear when Garrard can expect his next opportunity to return to the NFL, though he says he still has a desire to play this season in the right situation.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com