Jags sign QB Garrard to 7-year, $60M deal

The Baltimore Sun

Quarterback David Garrard probably could have gotten the Jacksonville Jaguars to pay him more money.

But he was tired of negotiating.

So Garrard ended the contract process yesterday, signing a seven-year, $60 million contract that is the richest in franchise history.

"I pretty much had to say, 'Let's go ahead and wrap it up. I'm done,' " Garrard said. "It's too much stress on me and my family."

Garrard and his agent, Albert Irby, had been seeking something similar to the six-year, $67.5 million contract Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo signed last season, but Garrard settled for the latest offer because he "felt like it was time."

A career backup who beat out Byron Leftwich last preseason, Garrard was entering the final year of a four-year deal that paid about $2 million annually.

The Jaguars were eager to get him under contract after his first season as a starter. Garrard, 30, completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,509 yards and 18 touchdowns despite missing three games because of an ankle injury. He threw just three interceptions and finished with the NFL's third-highest passer rating (102.2).

Bears -- Linebacker Brian Urlacher might skip the team's voluntary offseason workouts while he seeks a contract extension. The Chicago Tribune reported that Urlacher planned to miss yesterday's first day and perhaps the rest of the workouts, which include organized team activities. The team declined to disclose whether Urlacher participated yesterday. The workouts are closed to the media. Urlacher has a contract that runs through 2011. He made $3.95 million last season and is slated to make the same amount this season.

Patriots -- New England signed free agent Victor Hobson, bolstering its aging linebacker corps. Hobson, 28, has spent all five of his seasons with the New York Jets. He started 58 of the 76 games he played. He joins a linebacking group that had Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel and Junior Seau as starters last season. All are older than 30.

Saints -- The team has signed free agent Aaron Glenn, hoping the veteran cornerback can shore up its pass defense. Terms were not released. Glenn, a 14-year veteran and former first-round draft pick who started four games for the Jaguars in 2007, has 41 career interceptions, six of them for touchdowns. New Orleans ranked 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2007, giving up 245.2 per game.

Bengals -- The team waived running back Quincy Wilson. It marked the second time in five days that Cincinnati released a player who had been arrested. The second-year running back from West Virginia was arrested June 17 in Huntington, W.Va., and charged with disorderly conduct for failing to disperse after a weekend wedding party.

Browns -- Gib Shanley, the team's radio voice from 1961 to 1984, died Sunday. He was 76. Shanley died at a Cleveland hospital, said Steve Ripepi, president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, which is handling funeral arrangements. A cause of death was not immediately released.

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