Mark Sanchez has competition for starting job after Jets sign David Garrard

Mark Sanchez is the starter for the New York Jets right now, according to his new offensive coordinator, but he has a new challenger for the job, veteran quarterback David Garrard.

Garrard will have to shake off some rust first, after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him right before the start of the 2011 season because of a back issue. Then he was cut by the Miami Dolphins in the summer before last season because of a knee problem that needed surgery.

With the addition of Garrard, the Jets have five quarterbacks on their roster: Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms.

“Mark will probably have just a little bit of a leg up it would appear. But I would like to have competition at that position as well as all the other positions,” said Marty Mornhinweg in his first remarks to the press as the Jets’ offensive coordinator just hours before they signed Garrard, according to the New York Daily News.

ESPN has been told by sources the Jets will add another veteran quarterback to compete for the job and former Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs starter Brady Quinn is an option.

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