Jets activate Garrard, release Quinn

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Florham Park, NJ ( - The New York Jets have released quarterback Brady Quinn and activated quarterback David Garrard.

Garrard, who was on the exempt list the past two games, re-joined the team on Oct. 10.

He originally signed with the Jets in March after missing all of last season with the Miami Dolphins due to knee surgery before the start of the 2012 campaign. However, Garrard decided his injured knee wasn't healthy enough and he left the team.

After having time to heal, Garrard reached out to the Jets and they decided to bring him back and evaluate him.

Garrard hasn't appeared in a game since 2010, when he started 14 games and threw for a career-high 23 touchdowns as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

All 76 of Garrard's career starts have come with the Jaguars, who selected the New Jersey native in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

Garrard's best season came in 2009, when he started 16 games and threw for 3,597 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 323 yards and three scores to earn his first and only Pro Bowl selection.

Over nine seasons in Jacksonville, Garrard compiled 16,003 passing yards, 1,746 rushing yards and 106 combined touchdowns in 86 career games.

Quinn was the club's No. 3 QB and had been inactive for six games this season.

Selected by Cleveland with the 22nd overall pick of the 2007 draft, Quinn spent his first three seasons with the Browns. He also spent two seasons with Denver and last year appeared in 10 games with eight starts for Kansas City.

The Notre Dame product signed with Seattle this offseason, but was among the Seahawks' final roster cuts. Over six seasons, Quinn has thrown for 3,043 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.