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NFL Free Agents: How About David Garrard As A Backup QB?

Free agency is nearing the one-week mark. The St. Louis Rams continue kicking the tires on a few more available players. Former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard could be next on the list of visits at Rams Park, according to a Sunday report from the Florida Times Union of Jacksonville.

Garrard missed last season with a herniated disc in his neck. He is said to be 100 percent and ready to resume his NFL career. This time around, he says he is prepared for life as a backup.

At 34, Garrard's best days are behind him. He is only two years removed from a pretty good season in which he threw for 2,734 yards in 14 games with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Garrard could provide a very capable backup for Sam Bradford and maybe something more. If Bradford struggles to learn a new offense or sees his injuries flare up, the Rams could plug the veteran in to replace him. He could also push Bradford a little bit. Not that Bradford needs a push in the same way Mark Sanchez needs one, but a little competition is good for everyone.

First, Garrard has to make it out of Miami. After striking out in the search for quarterbacks, the Dolphins may view him as a last resort.