According to FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer, the Jacksonville Jaguars have told starting QB David Garrard that he’ll be released.
It’s not known if the team asked him to take a pay cut, but Garrard was listed with a base salary of $8.075 million for 2011. If Garrard was on the 53-man roster as of this Saturday, his entire base salary would have become guaranteed. Garrard is signed through 2014, but the contract will terminate once the transaction is turned into the NFL’s personnel office.
Glazer also reports veteran QB Luke McCown will start against the visiting Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Rookie Blaine Gabbert will back up McCown. The team does not have another quarterback on its 53-man roster.
The move is a bold one since the Jaguars are deciding to make this move at the start of the regular season. But it had been abundantly clear that he wasn’t going to be around much longer once the team selected Gabbert in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.
McCown, 30, was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was acquired via trade by the Jaguars from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September of 2009. He’s listed with a total compensation of $1.55 million this season ($1 million base salary, $550,000 roster bonus).
Garrard was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Jaguars.