09/06/2011 03:53 pm ET Updated Nov 06, 2011

David Garrard Cut: Jaguars Release Quarterback Just Before Week 1

Days before their season opener against the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars made one final roster move and it's one that will shape that upcoming season while pointing ahead toward the future of the franchise.

According to Jay Glazer Of Fox Sports, the Jaguars told quarterback David Garrard that they are releasing him and Luke McCown will start Week 1.

The news comes a day after Gene Frenette of Sporting News reported that Garrard was not chosen as team captain.

Garrard's release comes as a bit of a surprise, considering he has been the starting quarterback since 2006. His stint as the starter peaked in 2007 when he threw 18 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

However, drafting of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert was certainly a sign that Garrard's tenure in Jacksonville was coming to an end.