As expected, today the New York Jets placed quarterback David Garrard on the reserve/retired list, ending his short time with the club and likely his NFL career. To fill his roster spot the Jets have added a John Idzik connection from Seattle, former Seahawks wide receiver Ben Obomanu.
For about two weeks now the New York Jets have known that quarterback David Garrard's knee was not holding up after practices. The swelling had gotten so bad that he told some teammates that he was going to retire. While there has been no press conference to make that official, the Jets moved him off the 90-man roster to the reserve/retired list. Garrard was brought in for veteran leadership and to be a steady hand to help guide the team if Mark Sanchez proved to be in 2012 form still. He also could've helped mentor the newly drafted quarterback Geno Smith, and may still get that chance if he decides to become a coach/assistant with the club.
The available roster spot vacated by Garrard was filled quickly with the signing of wide receiver Ben Obomanu. He was a 2006 NFL Draft seventh round selection for Seattle, playing six seasons with the team. Obomanu has logged playing time in 66 games over those six seasons with career numbers of 87 receptions for 1,209 yards with seven touchdowns. He will not be the tallest target for the Jets, standing at 6'1" and weighing 204 pounds, but will likely replace the still oft-injured Chaz Schilens in the receiving corps. For now Obomanu will wear Garrard's number nine.
With the addition of Ben Obomanu it may also spell the end of the return of Braylon Edwards and his second stint with the New York Jets. It remains to be seen how the Jets will fill out some areas of need on the roster before training camp opens, but the Jets are younger and faster than they were last season.
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