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Packers sign kicker, release six players including Graham Harrell

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The Packers made quarterback Graham Harrell’s departure official on Sunday while also adding a third foot to the competition at kicker.

It won’t be a veteran competing against Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio, however. The Packers have signed Zach Ramirez, who was a tryout player at the Seahawks’ rookie camp in May. Ramirez was a first-team All-American in the FCS while at Portland State in 2011, but only played six games as a senior because of injury.

Earlier this week, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said that it was possible that the Packers’ kicker wasn’t on the roster so Ramirez would seem to have a shot at winning the job if he does well in the next couple of weeks.

In addition to Harrell, the Packers released wide receiver Alex Gillett, wide receiver Omarius Hines, runinng back Angelo Pease, defensive tackle Gilbert Peña and wide receiver Justin Wilson. The Packers and the other 31 teams have until Tuesday afternoon to cut down to 75 players. 

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35 Responses to “Packers sign kicker, release six players including Graham Harrell”
  1. f1lthymcnasty1 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:43 PM

    Maybe we can lure Jason Hanson out of retirement

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:03 PM

    Good luck to Graham Harrell in the future. I hear they might need somebody for the minor league in MN to take over for that noodle armed Ponder chick.

  3. gsomatt says: Aug 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    Gillett will get picked up somewhere and play on Sundays this season. Lots of upside in him.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    I hear Mike Vanderjagt, Jason Elam, and Morten Anderson are still available.

  5. tangysizzl says: Aug 25, 2013 1:35 PM

    You know its bad when your considering signing a Lions castoff but Id rather sign one of the two guys they have on the roster now, Akers or Kickalicious.

  6. johnnyblood24 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:36 PM

    There was a running back in camp named Angelo Pease???

  7. purpleguy says: Aug 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    It will be interesting to see if the Pack keeps 3 QBs this year given Young’s lack of knowledge of the offense and his propensity to run (and thus get hurt).

  8. thechronicjoker says: Aug 25, 2013 1:57 PM

    Welcome to Miami

  9. rtp295 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    The upside for these receivers is they will probably land on a team, the Packers have one of the deepest receiving cores in football even after Driver and Jennings are gone, and that makes it difficult to make the team

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 25, 2013 2:12 PM

    I was hoping Angelo Pease would make the team. I don’t think the Packers really gave Pease a chance.

  11. bennyb82 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    As a Lions fan, it would be awesome for Jason Hanson to get a spot on Green Bay. It would be smart for GB too if Crosby doesn’t improve.

  12. myasylum11 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:25 PM

    I kind of liked the Gillett guy. Bummer! :/

  13. jimmysee says: Aug 25, 2013 2:30 PM

    August is the cruelest month.

  14. filthymcnastysmom says: Aug 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    Coaches must not have faith in their kicking game if they are signing someone off the street after 3 preseason games.

    Could come down to the kickers in big head to head match ups. I take Gould and Walsh over the other two teams in the NFC North.

  15. firestarter0728 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    At least one of these castoffs will be a future Viking starter.

  16. ososrule says: Aug 25, 2013 2:48 PM

    It must be lonely up there, lots of cheese and nothing to do! No wonder Packer fans are so unintelligent!

  17. apm says: Aug 25, 2013 3:04 PM

    As the old saying goes, if you have three kickers on your roster, you are grasping at straws.

  18. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 25, 2013 3:05 PM

    Are you guys sure you want to release Harrell?
    I mean what’s going to happen when Vince Young has a bad day, or his gets his feelings hurt.

    Is Vince gonna go AWOL?
    Is Adam Schefter gonna be the first to break the story?
    Is coach McCarthy gonna lead a manhunt in the streets of Green Bay to look for his quarterback?
    Is…..

  19. jkindler429 says: Aug 25, 2013 3:14 PM

    Come on Longwell the job is still yours, don’t worry about kicking off the punter has a great leg,

  20. thesconnienation says: Aug 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    How long before we read a story about the Vikings signing all of these recently cut guys?

  21. cubano76 says: Aug 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    Odd that they didn’t bring in Carpenter after he was let go by Miami. Unless its a $$$ issue.

  22. sndmn331 says: Aug 25, 2013 4:10 PM

    I’m sure the Vikings will be picking up Harrell and a couple other of these guys tomorrow.

  23. stellarperformance says: Aug 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    ososrule says:
    Aug 25, 2013 2:48 PM
    It must be lonely up there, lots of cheese and nothing to do! No wonder Packer fans are so unintelligent!
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    I’m surprised you would say this. You must be guessing because you couldn’t know from experience……yes, it is lonely at the top. You have many second-place friends below us but we only have ourselves. That’s the way it always us with winners, and losers. Any cheese on any table anywhere, including that dusty grilled cheese sandwich under your bed, probably came from here, so, no problems. And unless you have been living in a cave someplace, in a poll of active NFL players, Green Bay Packers fans were voted the most intelligent. I hate to keep rubbing your noses in that fact, but you give me no choice. This is a football site after all.

    If you’re looking for a lonely-hearts dating show with a cheese preparation contest to decide the winner and with nothing else to do but make self-serving insults about the other contestants, then you’re on the wrong site.

    Don’t forget……the leopard does not lose sleep from the insults of sheep.

  24. vltrophy14 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:56 PM

    I would’ve swore Pease would be on the practice squad forget Harrell.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Aug 25, 2013 9:06 PM

    Harrell completely sucked. Even the Vikings won’t sign him, that’s how bad he is and its not like the Vikings have this great eye for QB talent.

    When the Viking’s aren’t even interested, then you know its the end of the line.

  26. ososrule says: Aug 25, 2013 9:45 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Aug 25, 2013 4:38 PM
    ososrule says:
    Aug 25, 2013 2:48 PM
    It must be lonely up there, lots of cheese and nothing to do! No wonder Packer fans are so unintelligent!
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    I’m surprised you would say this. You must be guessing because you couldn’t know from experience……yes, it is lonely at the top. You have many second-place friends below us but we only have ourselves. That’s the way it always us with winners, and losers. Any cheese on any table anywhere, including that dusty grilled cheese sandwich under your bed, probably came from here, so, no problems. And unless you have been living in a cave someplace, in a poll of active NFL players, Green Bay Packers fans were voted the most intelligent. I hate to keep rubbing your noses in that fact, but you give me no choice. This is a football site after all.

    If you’re looking for a lonely-hearts dating show with a cheese preparation contest to decide the winner and with nothing else to do but make self-serving insults about the other contestants, then you’re on the wrong site.

    Don’t forget……the leopard does not lose sleep from the insults of sheep.

    ////////////////////////////////////

    Duuuuuhhhhhhh! I’m from Wisconsin! DUH DUH Packers, Cheese Packers, Brett Favre! DUH!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! !

  27. vikescry1 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:50 PM

    johnnyblood24 says:
    Aug 25, 2013 1:36 PM
    There was a running back in camp named Angelo Pease???

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————— yes and he actually ran the ball hard and was a big back. i’m not sure he got a fair shot. if he doesn’t get picked up by another team i’m sure they will sign him to the practice squad. and gilett will most likely get picked up aswell. that dude made some nice 1 handed catch’s in the practice’s i watched.

  28. stellarperformance says: Aug 25, 2013 10:39 PM

    ososrule says:
    Aug 25, 2013 9:45 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Aug 25, 2013 4:38 PM
    Don’t forget……the leopard does not lose sleep from the insults of sheep.

    ////////////////////////////////////

    Duuuuuhhhhhhh! I’m from Wisconsin! DUH DUH Packers, Cheese Packers, Brett Favre! DUH!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! !
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Wow. You forgot already. You are the King of Short Attention Spans.

  29. brewdogg says: Aug 25, 2013 11:29 PM

    rtp295 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    The upside for these receivers is they will probably land on a team, the Packers have one of the deepest receiving cores in football even after Driver and Jennings are gone, and that makes it difficult to make the team
    ———————————

    Are you kidding me? Please tell me that was a joke….. Well, considering the same thing was coming out of cheeseland about Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel, and Shaky Smithson a couple years back, I shouldn’t be surprised. These scrubs aren’t going any farther than the other ones did. And if the Packers coaches are as confident in the abilities of Boykin and Ross as you seem to be, than the CBs of the North have a little less to be worried about.

    Now go back to your little white room with the soft walls and no sharp implements. Your self-expression time is up for the day.

  30. ososrule says: Aug 26, 2013 12:20 AM

    stellarperformance says:
    Aug 25, 2013 10:39 PM
    ososrule says:
    Aug 25, 2013 9:45 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Aug 25, 2013 4:38 PM
    Don’t forget……the leopard does not lose sleep from the insults of sheep.

    ////////////////////////////////////

    Duuuuuhhhhhhh! I’m from Wisconsin! DUH DUH Packers, Cheese Packers, Brett Favre! DUH!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! !
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Wow. You forgot already. You are the King of Short Attention Spans.

    ———————————————

    The fact that you can’t see the maturity level drop with trolling opposed to to your PATHETIC desperate rant is absolutely hilarious! Thank you for proving my point on the intelligence level of Packer fans!

    “And unless you have been living in a cave someplace, in a poll of active NFL players, Green Bay Packers fans were voted the most intelligent.”

    Is this a serious statement…wow! That alone right there shows how much you’re full of yourself. Gotta love the Packers, but hate their UNINTELLIGENT fans. You have to be 1 of the easiest troll victims in the history of the internet!

  31. fondyshotgun28 says: Aug 26, 2013 12:22 AM

    As for Harrell: Good Riddance to bad trash! Harrell couldn’t find an open man if you put neon arrows in front of the receiver,and STILL he’d miss him by 10 yards! McCarthy wasted three years on this guy but hopefully Vince Young is a quick study and will soon have at least a rudimental grasp of the Packer offense, because any Packer fan should hope to God that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get hurt!

  32. burntmule says: Aug 26, 2013 12:31 AM

    A poll of NFL players voted Packer fans the most intelligent?…. Did they only poll Packer players or are players in the NFL that stupid? There is no doubt Packer fans are passionate, but they also come in at the bottom of the IQ pool without question.

  33. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:40 AM

    vltrophy14 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:56 PM

    I would’ve swore Pease would be on the practice squad forget Harrell.

    ___________________________________

    Pease may still end up on their practice squad, assuming he clears waivers…

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    As Max McGee famously once said about Viking fans, “the cheetah doesn’t care about insults from the sheep”.

  35. stellarperformance says: Aug 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    ososrule says:
    Aug 26, 2013 12:20 AM
    You have to be 1 of the easiest troll victims in the history of the internet!
    ////////////////////////////////////

    I think maybe I got under your skin pretty fast and pretty deep. Groundless insults are easy….too easy. Give some thought to it. Thanks for playing…..amateur.

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