enter Sunday's showdown against the
with two quarterbacks on their active roster:
, a four-year veteran who has never missed a start, and
, an untested rookie who is coping with a minor shoulder injury.
is running with the practice squad, so he doesn't count.
Despite throwing three interceptions in the preseason, Taylor did enough to win the trust of the coaching staff and keep the team from bringing in a more seasoned quarterback. It also helped his cause that the pickings on the open market were slim. But on Tuesday, a viable option presented itself in the form of
unexpectedly cut Garrard, opting to go with
, but they also saved $9 million by letting the 2009
Garrard was mostly mediocre as a starter, but if he signs on with a team as a second-stringer, he would be among the best backup quarterbacks in the
. The Ravens were in a similar situation last season when they signed former
to give them depth at the position and peace of mind, too. Might they consider bringing in Garrard as insurance for Flacco?
“Don't be surprised if [the] Ravens
, who is expected to be released by [the] Jaguars,” our Ravens beat reporter Jamison Hensley wrote on Twitter after the Garrard news broke. “[The] Ravens need [a] veteran backup.”
They were the first team that
’s John Clayton
. Garrard’s agent told
The Florida Times-Union
on Tuesday that
. Were the Ravens one? Who knows?
The Ravens don’t have much cap space, so money could be an issue if they do show interest in Garrard. If the interest is mutual and a deal is fiscally doable, why wouldn’t the Ravens bring him in?
I like Taylor’s potential, and maybe he would do just fine filling in for Flacco, but adding a proven player such as Garrard -- whether he is No. 2 or No. 3 on the depth chart -- is a luxury worth splurging on. He has won a playoff game, against
and the Steelers in Pittsburgh, no less. Sure, if Flacco gets hurt, the team’s title dreams will be trashed. Garrard may be able to salvage them.