Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio to discuss his future following back surgery that ended his chances at a 2011 season. Garrard had surgery in October for a herniated disc in his back. He proclaimed his back to be 100% and that he is about 90-95% towards being in football shape. Garrard declared he is open to returning to the Jaguars, but when asked about potentially playing for the Raiders, he said he would not be against it.
After Jason Campbell went down with a broken collarbone, Garrard was mentioned in connection with the Raiders. Of course, this happened right before Garrard announced he needed back surgery and that rumor quickly died. The Raiders acquired Carson Palmer at that point and he is their quarterback moving forward.
The Raiders roster currently includes Palmer, Campbell, Kyle Boller, Terrell Pryor and Rhett Bomar. Given how much Kyle Boller has struggled at times, the team is likely looking to upgrade at the backup QB spot. Pryor is likely not ready to handle a primary backup role, which means a temporary option like Garrard could make some sense. Although free agency does not start until March 13, Garrard is allowed to sign at any time because of his release at the beginning of the season.