The Jacksonville Jaguars cut starting quarterback David Garrard on Tuesday ahead of the team's Week 1 game on Sept. 11, according to Fox Sports.
Garrard, a four-year starter for the Jaguars, was dumped in favor of Luke McCown, as first reported by Jay Glazer. He had a 44-42 career record as a starter, though had a bit of a down year in 2010.
He threw for 2,734 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2010, but also threw career high 15 interceptions.
Garrard was entering the fourth year of a seven-year, $62.98 million dollar contract signed in 2008. He was expected to make $7.975 million this season before the team cut him.
Some potential destinations for Garrard could include the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, and Miami Dolphins.
This isn't the first time that the Jaguars made a stunning move right before the beginning of a season. In 2007, coach Jack Del Rio and the team's management cut quarterback Byron Leftwich a week before the season and gave the job to Garrard.
The team drafted quarterback Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri with the 10th pick in this year's NFL Draft - signaling to some that the Garrard era was on its last legs.
Instead of Garrard, the team turns to a quarterback in McCown that has not started a game since 2007. McCown has spent the last two seasons as Garrard's backup, but last started as a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
McCown will get his first start in four years against the Tennessee Titans.