David Garrard is not coming to the Jets to sit on the bench.

The veteran quarterback made it clear in a conference call with reporters yesterday that he signed with the Jets because he has been promised he’ll have a chance to unseat Mark Sanchez as the starter.

“Honestly, they just told me that I have a chance to compete for the starting job,” Garrard said of his meeting with the Jets brass. “That’s what was told to me and they all seemed to be very genuine with it. They didn’t seem to be [thinking] ‘Let’s just say this to him to get him here and slot him in the 2 or 3 or 4 spot.’ I didn’t feel [that]. That’s how it was presented to me, and that’s how I still feel.”

The Jets signed Garrard on Monday to compete for the quarterback job, but offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg raised some eyebrows earlier in the day when he said Sanchez might have “a leg up” in the competition. Garrard, 35, said he is ready to fight for the job.

“I just expect to go out and compete,” Garrard said. “I’m really going to try to help the team out in any way possible. Like I said, if the way that I play on the field allows that to happen, then I think, ‘Great.’ But if it doesn’t, then I’m still going to be the best teammate I can be and really help out this team as much as I can. It’s a team sport. It’s not just me and the other quarterbacks. It’s everybody pulling together and really helping this ball club out as much as possible.”