So David Garrard's agent Albert Irby thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars did his client wrong?
He thinks the Jaguars released Garrard because they knew he had back troubles?
If that's true, why didn't Garrard fight the release, rather than thanking people in the organization for what they had done for him on the day of his release?
Here's what I know: Coach Jack Del Rio was the one who facilitated the Garrard release. But Del Rio was not in the building on cut day, instead attending his son's football game in Atlanta. So the decision wasn't made on the Saturday of the final cuts.
It was instead made the following Tuesday, after Garrard struggled through a practice on Sunday. Del Rio planned to bench Garrard, which he told general manager Gene Smith, and the decision to cut Garrard was made because the team would have been on the hook for his $8 million salary if he were on the opening-day roster and then let go.
Smith took the heat for the move. And it was indeed his decision to release Garrard, but only after Del Rio made the move to bench him. Fiscally, it was the right decision once Del Rio made the move to sit him.
At the meeting to tell Garrard he was being let go, the quarterback thanked those in the room -- including Smith and Del Rio -- and thanked them for the opportunity they had given to him. He even hugged some people on the way out, according to a source.
Did Garrard's back injury play a decision in his getting released? It had too since team sources say there was a concern that Garrard seemed to be hesitant and not playing with the same toughness he had displayed before hurting his back.
Toughness was always one of his strong points. He took a ton of shots, but the back injury made him a little jumpy in the pocket, according to sources.
Now Garrard is having surgery for a herniated disc and one has to wonder if he will try and go after his 2011 salary through the courts.
Keep an eye on this. It could get interesting