Garrard to compete for QB job: The New York Jets management made it clear that Mark Sanchez would have competition for the starting quarterback job in 2013. Now we know who at least one of the contestants will be. The team signed David Garrard to a free agent deal Monday. The veteran QB hasn’t taken a snap since late in the 2010 season and has missed the past two campaigns with back and knee issues. However, you can expect that he will certainly push Sanchez for the gig, though it should be little surprise that the incumbent is considered the early favorite.
Cruz not likely to act soon: While Victor Cruz waits for someone to offer him a No. 1 WR-type contract, he will get to contemplate the first-round tender that the Giants are set to give him as a restricted free agent. It’s not very often that other teams make a play for RFAs, since the compensation of giving up a first- or second-round draft pick is often too great. Cruz is reportedly drawing plenty of interest, but it remains to be seen whether the loss of a high draft pick and the wideout’s salary demands will be too much for some clubs. Either way, it’s not likely that anything will happen with the playmaker until we’re well into the free agent period.
Dwyer signs tender: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer signed his sixth-round tender Monday evening, removing him from the free agent market. Last season, Dwyer was the best of a scattered RB bunch in the Steel City, leading the team in carries (156) and rushing yards (623). With Rashard Mendenhall expected to move on, it opens the door for Dwyer to be more of a workhorse in 2013. In 2012, he struggled with a quad injury that kept him on the weekly injury report. If he can stay healthy and maintain last season’s 4.0 yard per carry average, we endorse any situation that will get him more touches.
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