Starter- David Garrard; Backup- Quinn Gray
David Garrard emerged as the Jaguars starter in 2007 and nobody was really sure of what to expect. Garrard exceeded all expectations as he went from a physically talented guy who was inaccurate and made poor decisions, to the complete package at QB. Garrard finished third in the NFL with a quarterback rating of 102.2, and threw 18 TD's and only 6 INT's.
Contract status: Garrard is currently under contract for the 2008 season, but will likely be signed to a new deal in this offseason.
Contract status: Gray is an unrestricted free agent who could command a decent wage based on his potential as a solid passer. In Gray's final game started, he completed 25 of 39 passes for 302 yards, 4 TD's and no interceptions.
The Jaguars will have to place a dollar value on Quinn Gray, and their value may be a little more than the rest of the league. The Jaguars found Gray, took the time to develop him, and now he knows their system and can be counted on for a few games when and if Garrard is sidelined. If Gray decides to head for greener pastures, the Jaguars can replace him fairly easily, and likely for less money.
Who makes sense: Rattay, Lemon, and McCown should be moderately priced, and each of them have had starting experience. Grossman, Culpepper, and Collins will likely cost too much and/or be more of a distraction. Shaun Hill makes a lot of sense being that he's young and has experienced some recent success, but San Francisco will likely find a way to keep him on the roster. The others would likely be third quarterback candidates, or possibly backups in an emergency type of situation.
Are changes neccessary? Yes. The Jaguars appear to have their starter for the foreseeable future with Garrard, but with him as the only quarterback on the roster under contract, they must sign someone to back him up, whether it be Gray or someone else. They may even return to the three quarterback format that they've used every year with the exception of 2007, and sign two players.
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