Packers will release Graham Harrell

AP

Vince Young’s performance against the Seahawks on Friday night was good enough to land him the job backing up Aaron Rodgers this season.

That’s one of the conclusions we can draw from the news that Graham Harrell is on his way out of Green Bay. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Harrell is being released as the Packers make their first round of cuts this summer.

Harrell was 6-of-13 for 49 yards on Friday night, continuing a lackluster preseason that was the impetus to bring Young into the fold in the first place. Young, on the other hand, was 6-of-7 for 41 yards and a touchdown while also running for 39 yards on three carries.

Harrell spent the last three years with the Packers, playing in four games and throwing four passes in 2012. With Aaron Rodgers in town, preseason was the chance for Harrell to make his case for both the backup job and for other teams that might be looking for help at the position. He fell short of accomplishing the first half of that, we’ll now see if anyone else wants to bring him onboard.

84 responses to “Packers will release Graham Harrell

  1. Sadly for Vince Young there isn’t a Cheesecake Factory within 100 miles of Lambeau Field.

  2. Not surprised or disappointed. VY should get the #2 spot, I am actually excited about him being the backup.

  3. By all accounts, Harrell is a good guy and a good teammate. He just didn’t show much growth over three years.

    Coleman also has problems but at least he is still a rookie and might grow into something. Harrell just hasn’t and there is only so long you can keep a ‘project’ before you just have to move on. 3 years is longer than many teams would have given him.

  4. Harrell is a good guy, but the Packers have been VERY lucky that Rodgers has remained relatively healthy the last few seasons.

    VY at least gives the Packers a chance to win a game if Rodgers went down. Harrell didn’t, thus his release and the probable end to his NFL career.

  5. Sorry Graham.
    At least we didn’t waste a twelfth overall pick on you. A bit surprised they didn’t cut Coleman instead, but I guess they think he deserves another year to try to show something. I hope Young really does have his head on right and hits the playbook hard now. It’ll definitely be… interesting if he has to lead the team, but as others have said at least he offers the possibility of something good happening.

  6. He sucked, after 3 years, you should expect steady improvement and he didn’t deliver.

    That said, some franchise’s standards are as high, some will take a weak armed QB at #12 overall and stick with him for years.

    I would be surprised if Harrell remains in professional football. Being an ex Packer QB, he might be signed by the Vikings who seem to love all ex Packers whether they could play or not but then he would in effect be out of professional football.

  7. I was curious about this move at first. But makes perfect sense. Harrell had 4 seasons to learn the offense, improve skills, and translate it to the field. He hasn’t done that. Flynn at least was able to have an effective preseason when given the chance. I was always wondering why they had trust and faith in Flynn from the get go. But McCarthy and Thompson see these guys every day. They know when to let go and when to stick with them. Harrell clearly wasn’t progressing after given plenty of a chance. I thought he might be good to have around as a #3, but Coleman has a much bigger upside. And to be honest, VY gives the team a chance to win 1 or 2 games. If Rodgers is out any longer than that, the team is screwed whoever you put in there.

  8. Even if Rodgers went down, I wouldn’t really trust Vince Young to take the Packers to victory. Something tells me that a little something called “consistency” has to deal with my mistrust for Young.

  9. Graham was decent in college, but some college QBs just don’t fit very well in the NFL.

    I’m really happy for Vince. He really got it together and matured over the years. He got married, had kids, finished his college degree. I think he definitely deserves a second chance.

  10. If VY can continue playing well in preseason games he can right his financial ship. Always thought he was an igmo but here’s to second chances.

    Heck, Carr has made millions polishing the clipboard after an awful career as a starter……

  11. He was in the CFL and didn’t last long there. If you can’t make it in the CFL, you can’t make it anywhere.

  12. Young is a sensible backup. I believe you either want a wiley vet or an athletic dual threat if you are backing up a franchise QB. Having some unproven dolt with potential upside can be nice if you can one day trade him, ala Flynn.

    But in their shoes they are better off with some cheap guy who could maybe fill in for a brief period. If Rodgers is out extended time, they are toast either way. But Young could give you a few games before teams figure him out or whatever.

  13. I know this must have been hard for McCarthy to release one of his projects that didn’t work out. It needed to be done though. Good luck to you Harrell. I think VY is going to be a great backup and hopefully he can turn his career around.

  14. I’m sure Harrell is a good guy. Would he have stayed on the roster this long if he WASNT — given his skills, or lack of them ?

    I had become completely fed up watching Harrell play, when you have to hope for a penalty to move the ball, and where getting to punt instead of having a turnover rates as a successful possession. As we saw last night, you can’t even RUN with him in the game. Seahawks stacked the box, dared Harrell to beat them with his arm, and of course he couldn’t. Thankfully, McCarthy reached the same conclusion!

    I don’t have any illusions that Young will ever approach the upside originally predicted for him. But I do feel if he has to go in the game, the Packers will still have some ability to score, And I no longer had that feeling with Harrell.

  15. sandblastermoron says:
    Aug 24, 2013 4:05 PM
    What a pathetic job of coaching and drafting! Please join me @firetedthompson.com

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    Nice try (not really). Harrell wasn’t drafted.

    Unfortunately, he seemed to digress from where he was a year ago. Difficult to understand.

  16. LOL at packer fans saying graham will be signed by the Vikings. Is everyone else seeing this!? That’s the level of intelligence this fanbase has hahahaha

  17. TT will keep an eye on the waiver wire. Although he’s the best #2 on the roster, I can’t believe there aren’t better options out there after roster reductions. If Rodgers gets hurt in the first 3 weeks the Packers are really in trouble.

  18. “Yay!” says Vince Young “It’s party time!”

    “Anyone got 2 or 300k they can lend me?”

  19. sandblastermoron says:
    Aug 24, 2013 4:05 PM
    What a pathetic job of coaching and drafting! Please join me @firetedthompson.com
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    Actually you can fire him if you are one of the Packers owners.
    Oh wait. No, no you can’t.
    All you can do is help fund seats that you probably won’t ever get to sit in for a game.
    Packers ownership is a joke. And this is coming from a Packers fan.
    I’m smart. I didn’t spend more than $200 for a worthless piece of paper.

  20. Contra I think they are being sarcastic. Minnesota does have a history of picking up Green Bay’s cast offs.

  21. Smart move. It was actually fun watching Vince Young play. He’s extremely mobile, and yet throws the ball pretty well, too. Definitely has more natural talent than Harrell. A coach can only do so much, and glad the coaching staff finally realized that and let Harrell go.

  22. Matt Flynn was “Mr. August” for his outstanding play during the preseason in Green Bay. Harrell was awful from the first season. There was a reason every team in the league passed on him at least once.
    My bet is he’s done with playing football. Young got better every week and you saw the talent. Coleman, the third QB, still has a shot but likely will be on the practice squad again.

    A casual fan like me saw Harrell had nothing a long time ago, why can’t the coaches?

  23. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if they let Coleman go before the final cuts, too. Vince Young is more than sufficient at backup. They can risk going with just two QBs to make room for more D-linemen that they fortunately have decent depth at.

  24. Probably a good move — Harrell just didn’t seem to have it. The thing is, why didn’t they do this 6 months ago?

  25. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 24, 2013 4:04 PM

    Sadly for Vince Young there isn’t a Cheesecake Factory within 100 miles of Lambeau Field.

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    That was mean. I feel bad for laughing.

  26. As a Seattle fan I am telling you Young didn’t do as well as you might think. Seattle went to its 3rd string DB’s when Young came in, and so I am very surprised PACK coaches didn’t account for that. If you PACK fans think Young played last night against any Seattle DB that will be with the team this week, you are wrong.

    Your fine if Rodgers stays healthy, but I was surprised Young didn’t play better against Seattle’s to-be practice squad.

  27. You Lombardi Losers sure seem to have a man crush on Vince Dumb. I hope you are ready for he is your qb this season. Rodgy is going down. Why? The pathetic Teddy Thompson can’t understand the foundation of football ….strong O & D lines….thank God for Rick Spielman!!!

  28. Gotta love Vikings fans hanging on to the hope that Rodgers will get injured.

    Real classy group of fans there.

  29. Pretty easy to see this was coming, glad Vince is the backup, say what you want but he is 31-21 as a qb, and could actually win a few games if Rodgers went down

  30. This team quickly became a joke during the offseason. I think it was more when Seattle beat them last season.

  31. VY only has a one year deal with Green Bay — that suggests Coleman is heading for the practice squad and the team hopes he is ready to be #2 in the 2014 season.

  32. Gee only took them three freeeeeking years to realize the guy sucks. BJ Coleman is even worse. Coleman makes as many passes to DBacks as he does receivers.

    He needs to go to and the Pack pick up a solid backup to young.

  33. He had his chances and just didn’t perform. Sad, but time to let him go has come. Good lick Graham

  34. When opposing teams load up the box on us – it either means the HB is awesome or the QB flat out sucks…

    Lacy was breaking 7 tackles just to get back to the line of scrimmage …. Graham inspired no fear in the defense.

  35. @jprcox – Young came into the game for second drive in the second half. That is the drive that Seattle decided to pull their starters. Did you watch the game? If so, then watch it again on NFL Network…the announcers mentioned it. Your coach even SAID that is what you would be doing before the game started

  36. jprcox says:
    Aug 24, 2013 5:42 PM
    “Your fine if Rodgers stays healthy, but I was surprised Young didn’t play better against Seattle’s to-be practice squad.”
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    I was surprised M.Night wasn’t able to play better against our second string defense…

  37. thepvyharvin says:

    You Lombardi Losers sure seem to have a man crush on Vince Dumb. I hope you are ready for he is your qb this season. Rodgy is going down. Why? The pathetic Teddy Thompson can’t understand the foundation of football ….strong O & D lines….thank God for Rick Spielman!!!

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Ahh Pervy!

    Best laugh I’ve had all day. And I agree with you on this point – Thank God for Rick Spielman … thanks to him, it’s Ponder at quarterback and Webb at .. quarter .. no, wait! … at wide receiver er… well … maybe quarterback next week – but, well .. maybe not … we’ll see.

    Enjoy 4th place in the Norse Division this year you purple nose picker …

    Skoal!!!

  38. axespray says:
    Aug 24, 2013 6:52 PM
    When opposing teams load up the box on us – it either means the HB is awesome or the QB flat out sucks…

    Or in this case, both.

  39. Harrell just hasn’t made plays. Though the Packers are still screwed if Rodgers goes down, Young has shown an ability to make a play or two (along with a boneheaded play or two).

  40. jprcox says: Aug 24, 2013 5:42 PM

    As a Seattle fan I am telling you Young didn’t do as well as you might think. Seattle went to its 3rd string DB’s when Young came in, and so I am very surprised PACK coaches didn’t account for that. If you PACK fans think Young played last night against any Seattle DB that will be with the team this week, you are wrong.

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    jprcox,… seriously? Do you even know what to watch for when comparing two players in preseason? I totally agree that Young was playing against 3rd stringers. But exactly what do you mean you’re surprised the PACK coaches didn’t account for that? How do you know they didn’t? Truth is, they don’t care. They’re merely looking what he can do on the field….. mobility, passing ability, decision making, and just learning the system. They’re actually less concerned about scoring as they are about evaluating what he brings to the position.

  41. The Packers better hope Rodgers stays healthy if Vince is the back up guy there. Pretty sad state when your back up guy couldn’t get a job anywhere in the NFL and you picked him up off the street for free.

    I have never been a Vince Young fan. He is among the most over rated players in recent history.

    That being said, even as much as Young is terrible, he is probably the 2nd best QB on that roster. The Packers haven’t had a legit back up there in a long time. Even Flynn wasn’t very good, but he managed to get himself paid off for having a good game against Detroit a couple years back. Good for him, but bad for the Packers.

  42. if i were a seapigeon fan, i would be nervous if anything happens to wilson. brady quinn? tavaris jackson? are you kidding? the seapigeons aren’t beating the 49ers with wilson, forget it without him. pete carroll as the head coach would make me nervous too. somehow the seapigeons are the greatest thing since sliced bread. i’m not buying it.

  43. This might be a perfect storm for Vince Young. A good job that pays well, and likely one he could keep for a few years, and in a town with. No temptations, Cheesecake Factories, or scrip clubs where he could go broke.

  44. I love the posts by Vikings fans oh if Rodgers goes down the packers are screwed, just like if AP goes down the Vikings are screwed, you can’t fix stupid can ya Vikings fans

  45. Who’s saying the Vikings want this guy?? We already have 3 QBs on our roster.

    And no need to assume we all want Rodgers to get hurt, we’re just saying he is going to get hurt. That’s all.
    Keep on keeping it classy Green Bay with your cheese hats and your cans of varnish.

  46. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says:
    Who’s saying the Vikings want this guy?? We already have 3 QBs on our roster.
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    All of which suck. Harrell is better than any QB on the Vikings roster.

  47. Harrell was a failed project. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but the packers are better off without him.

  48. the vikings will be looking heavily at the waiver wire when all the teams start making cuts. whoever gets cut will be better than most of the guys they have now. how is desmond bishop working out for the vikings? he may be cut. the vikings still have jennings and his 9 mil salary, good move there. then you have the over the hill hillbilly at DE making his big salary, good moves by the vikings.

  49. for the hundredth time we have more than ap on our team, They would be hurting but our defense was pretty good last year. and I am hoping they step up again this year and oh yeah we have patterson he is good and kyle rudolph the probowl MVP winner.

  50. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says:
    One of those QBs you think sucks, actually went toe to toe with your prized Rodgers last year, and beat him.
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    That’s a reflection of the lousy defense the Packers have played the last few years. Which, as a Packers fan, I readily admit to.

    Your starting QB sucks. No credit to him for that game. It was all Peterson.

  51. I would have preferred Graham Harrell over Vince Young but it won’t matter because A-Rod won’t be coming out of any games anyway.

  52. Graham’s release speaks volumes of his resistance to cheese-brainwashing. Good on ya, Graham. & the circus (jets) will be calling.

  53. Ridiculous to say he’ll be picked up by the Vikings. No way they are going to throw away all the work they’ve done bringing along Christian Ponder by bringing in a qb that could threaten to take his job.

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