(USATODAY.com) - Almost two weeks after he worked out for the New York Jets, David Garrard has signed a contract with the team.
The Jets announced the signing of the former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Monday, meaning he'll likely be Mark Sanchez's main competition to regain the starting role he lost last season during a turnover-plagued year.
Garrard, 35, heads to the Jets having not taken a regular-season snap since 2010. He was a member of the Miami Dolphins roster last summer but was released because of a knee issue that required clean-up surgery.
Garrard also had a back issue that kept him sidelined for the 2011 season. He was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars that year right before opening day.
But Garrard apparently showed the Jets he's healthy enough to warrant a shot at beating out Sanchez and Greg McElroy. The team is expected to cut Tim Tebow in the near future - not that they'd give him a shot to play quarterback even if he remained on the roster.
Garrard has averaged one interception every 42.2 attempts in his career. Sanchez averages an interception every 27.1 passes. Carelessness with the football was Rex Ryan's reasoning for benching Sanchez last year, so Garrard already has that going for him in the competition for the starting job in 2013.