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Report: Graham Harrell agrees to contract with Jets


With uncertainty surrounding the health of Mark Sanchez and the readiness of Geno Smith, the New York Jets have added another quarterback to their roster.

According to Alex Marvez of, the Jets have agreed to terms on a contract with former Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell. He’s expected to report to the team on Wednesday.

The Jets also planned on taking a look at John Beck this week but ultimately decided to go with Harrell to add to their shaky signal-caller situation. Harrell will join Sanchez, Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms as quarterbacks on the Jets’ roster.

Harrell was released by the Packers this week after being beat out by Vince Young for the backup job to Aaron Rodgers. Harrell was 23 for 42 (55-percent) for 169 yards and an interception in three preseason games with the Packers this year. He’s appeared in just four regular season games, all in 2012, with just four attempted passes.

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  1. mikejonesforum says: Aug 28, 2013 12:24 AM

    Good luck with this group, Graham!

  2. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 28, 2013 12:24 AM

    Could be an upgrade.

  3. redfield11 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:27 AM

    The sad part is I’m not sure if he’ll be competing for a starting spot or not.

  4. vaughnjoe says: Aug 28, 2013 12:28 AM

    This report confirms my suspicions: THE NEW YORK JETS are being run by monkeys!

  5. billysabre says: Aug 28, 2013 12:31 AM

    What a circus.

  6. ibreathefootball says: Aug 28, 2013 12:31 AM

    Geno Smith didn’t look so saavy going against an NFL defense. He was used to crushing Marshall, James Madison and Baylor’s defense from last year, but this is the big leagues. Sanchez rode his defense to 2 AFC title games, but wasn’t ever an elite Quarterback other than in HS. Now Graham Harrell who rode the Michael Crabtree horse at Texas Tech, then got cut by the CFL (Roughriders) in less than 1 year. How the heck is he still bouncing around teams?

    The Jets look disgusting this year, in my personal opinion they are the worst team in the NFL.

  7. dilberry says: Aug 28, 2013 12:38 AM


  8. eatitfanboy says: Aug 28, 2013 12:39 AM

    I don’t get it.

    Even with Sanchez and Smith unavailable, the Jets still had two QBs on their roster that are better than Harrell. And one or both of those two are probably going to be ready by the opener.

    He has no shot of making this roster, as bad as it is. If this is the best offer he got, I think we can safely assume we have seen the last of Graham Harrell in the NFL.

  9. skoobyfl says: Aug 28, 2013 12:43 AM

    If the desperate Jets don’t want you, you’re career is over.

  10. cornerblitz says: Aug 28, 2013 12:46 AM

    The Jet’s just don’t get it.

  11. packfaninvikeland says: Aug 28, 2013 12:47 AM

    I see the Jets made an upgrade.. as sad as that may sound..

  12. chuckyd317 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:51 AM

    Just when you thought the Jets QB situation couldn’t get any worse…. they went and did this…

  13. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 28, 2013 12:52 AM

    Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…

    God it must suck to be a Jets fan

  14. thetokyosandblasteratgmaildotcom says: Aug 28, 2013 12:53 AM


  15. jameslongstaffe says: Aug 28, 2013 12:53 AM

    He was not good enough for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, & that’s because the other QB’s were better….

  16. rukiddnme29 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:54 AM

    He had as much potential as Smith, if not more.

  17. bennyb82 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:54 AM

    I am surprised they went this route before holding a public tryout.

  18. stephenolszewski says: Aug 28, 2013 12:56 AM

    And the Circus continues

  19. henryjones20 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:56 AM

    go bills!!! bye jets! lol hahahaha

  20. grabgrabgrab says: Aug 28, 2013 1:06 AM

    this is hilarious! I’m a huge packer fan and was overjoyed when gb cut this bum after 3 years of not learning anything (couldn’t even take a simple snap to hand off the ball to Benson without fumbling in a regular season game). Ugh.

    Jets fans make fun off their own organization for making transactions just like this. I understand their dilemma now. it’s incredible. I’m telling you, Jamarcus Russel has far more upside than Graham.
    Good luck JETS and I hope for your sake his services are never needed.

  21. pisano says: Aug 28, 2013 1:09 AM

    Who the hell is Graham Harrell ?

  22. patmccabe69 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:12 AM

    Playoffs for the Jets!

  23. softhelmet says: Aug 28, 2013 1:15 AM

    No doubt this will solve their QB problems, Rex your job is safe! The Jets hardly play football, but they are entertaining…

  24. silverandblackfan77 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:20 AM

    I bet he will start at least 1 game this season

  25. tolan04 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:22 AM

    5 qbs all under the age of 28. Graham at 28 is considered the vet. And you wonder why this team is going nowhere.

  26. lucasblack12 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:24 AM

    Really thought his career was done… But of course the jets

  27. alamba78 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:38 AM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. And I’m talking about Graham Harrell. J-E-T-S??? I pity the fool.

  28. outlawshark says: Aug 28, 2013 1:43 AM

    Next Stop, Minnesota. Deja vu all over again…

  29. vertskate900 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:49 AM


    Let’s be honest about what they really need to do here:

    Beg Brett Favre out of retirement!

  30. ithinkipeedmyself says: Aug 28, 2013 1:56 AM

    Wow. Solid pickup. Obviously far superior to McElroy and Simms. Nathan Enderle and Ryan Katz are available, too. Geniuses.

  31. msclemons67 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:00 AM

    I think I’d fire my agent if I got signed by the Jets.

  32. madamz17 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:03 AM

    There’s not much more exciting than watching the inevitable train wreck that is Rex Ryan and the New York Jets

  33. enzo1030 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:03 AM

    McElroy is still hurt, this is just a body to use for Thursday so Geno/Simms don’t have to play the whole game.

    He’ll be cut Friday.

  34. thehelmutt says: Aug 28, 2013 2:23 AM

    Too bad the Viking weren’t able to pick him up.

  35. overweightman says: Aug 28, 2013 2:44 AM

    Michael Crabtree is still making this guy money

  36. mountaindont says: Aug 28, 2013 2:46 AM

    Nice enough guy but didnt seem to show enough improvement in the few seasons he was in Green Bay.

  37. callahan9119 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:52 AM

    I suppose it doesn’t matter between these three. Smith doesn’t seem ready for the job.

    Why not trade for a guy like Matt Hasselbeck who could be a caretaker. He’s old, but he could at least be a guy that won’t bury you

  38. jagwires says: Aug 28, 2013 3:13 AM

    My fantasy defense strategy this year? Pick the team going against the Jets or Raidas.

    God I hope they start Harrell. I’ll LOL so hard at the sight of Geno pouting in Sanchez’s lap during the game.

  39. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 28, 2013 3:37 AM

    They should bring back Vinny Testaverde or Drew Bledsoe. Hell, Donovan McNabb and Jeff Garcia would love some work.

  40. Iain says: Aug 28, 2013 3:40 AM

    This has more to do with McElroy being hurt than anything else.

  41. borisbulldog says: Aug 28, 2013 3:57 AM

    Every Jets fan from Long Island, NY to Red Bank, NJ are crapping their collective pants!

  42. chi01town says: Aug 28, 2013 4:11 AM

    packers need to keep they garbage
    in that little raggady town. Green bay is the worse lie the NFL has ever told. frozen tundra.. more like
    frozen clay. the real truth is there is NOTHING IN GREEN BAY but that little raggady football stadium selling raw bratz and nacho’s.

  43. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:14 AM

    He may be the best starter they got

  44. goodwilljoe says: Aug 28, 2013 4:25 AM

    Give McElroy a try. He’s the only QB on the Jet’s roster that has looked decent so far.

  45. kingpel says: Aug 28, 2013 4:42 AM

    Oh brother.

  46. GenXJay says: Aug 28, 2013 5:26 AM

    hahha. called it!
    now, circus fans (jets), get ready for the never ending sloppy second hate from gb-trolls.

  47. sunzu717 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:29 AM

    Now it’s a full blown circus lol. Just play Geno all year and develop the kid, then trade Samchise for a 6th rounder next year and call it a day. They look so desperate with all these other attempts, it’s not like they were destined to win this year anyway.

  48. RexCanCoach says: Aug 28, 2013 5:47 AM

    Only on the Jets does the term “camp body” describe their QB’s.

    Personally, I want to see more of Simms on Thursday, this kid may be ready for the job in my opinion.

  49. lrjets says: Aug 28, 2013 6:02 AM

    Five Quarterbacks 11 days before Opening Day???

    I’d use McElroy or give Simms a chance. Probably has the strongest arm under the tent.

    Let Cromartie play QB, go 0-16, get the #1 DP.

    Keep it simple.

  50. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 28, 2013 6:03 AM

    Graham will be starring by week 3.

  51. steelers6rings says: Aug 28, 2013 6:04 AM


  52. gsomatt says: Aug 28, 2013 6:15 AM

    Harrell is a serviceable back up. But he had three years to get the GB offense down and didn’t.

    I wish him well but if he’s thrust into a starting roll with 2 weeks t0o learn the offense… well the Jets can look forward to a high draft pick in 2014.

  53. cobraiv says: Aug 28, 2013 6:38 AM

    Wow! The Jets now have more quaterbacks then they do receivers.

  54. p31squared says: Aug 28, 2013 6:38 AM

    They are also reportedly looking at Beck the musician, Glenn Beck, Graham Elliott, Graham Nash, a Teddy Graham, Teddy Ruxpin, Ted from the movie and the remains of Theodore Roosevelt.

  55. 15starr says: Aug 28, 2013 6:39 AM

    He’s a great guy.. Hasn’t shown anything on the football field.

  56. mrbigass says: Aug 28, 2013 6:57 AM

    I’m beginning to understand why really elite NFL QB’s make 20 mil a year like a Brady or Manning.

    Think about it. Of the entire world’s population or just the USA at over 300 million you need to find 32 guys that are really good at that job. Just 32.

    But even with that large a pool to select from the dropoff from the very best to the worst is pretty substantial.

    What does all this mean?……..I have no idea……..

  57. clowntown1 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:04 AM

    as a Packers fan I can with certainty that Harrell is a great guy and a horrible football player. Just flat out, used-toilet paper bad.

    Bad things just happen when he is on the field. Last year he came in for one play when Rodgers got poked in the eye against the Saints…Packers had the ball first and goal on the 2…Harrell could not execute a simple hand off, fumbled and the Saints recovered.

    He is just that kind of guy….everything he touches on the field turns to garbage. Since the Jets are already garbage, maybe there will be a double negative type thing that happens here and two negatives will turn into a positive. Jets are so desperate that is prob why they signed him…hoping maybe math can save them.

  58. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Aug 28, 2013 7:08 AM

    Theres no need to fear, Graham Harrell is here!

    I can hear that collective sigh of relief from Jet fans. Rex’s job is now safe and the Jets will make the playoffs this year. Oh wait, Harrell was beat out by Vince Young. Never mind!

  59. doall24 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:10 AM

    you couldn’t make this stuff up with the jets. LOL.

  60. dgtalmn says: Aug 28, 2013 7:20 AM

    Good for Harrell, welcome to crazy town

  61. undefeateddolphins72 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:20 AM

    Harrell + Sanchez + Smith + Greg McElroy + Matt Simms = 25% of the talent of Ryan Tannehill

  62. bklyntay says: Aug 28, 2013 7:23 AM

    I would read to much into this they only have two healthy qb’s (simms smith) they aren’t gonna play smith so they need someone to share the snaps with simms because mcelroy is still hurt. Harrell will be cut after the preseason.

  63. beerbratscheese says: Aug 28, 2013 7:28 AM

    As a Packers fan, I have no ill will for Graham Graham Harrell whatsoever. He was a model teammate and a good guy. I hope he does well in NY.

  64. richkotitte says: Aug 28, 2013 7:31 AM

    The Jets and Jags may have more QB’s on their opening day rosters than LB’s!

    It’s what happens when you haven’t yet found
    ‘the guy’.

  65. firestarter0728 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:37 AM

    Immediately, he becomes the best QB on the Jets roster. As a Packers fan I’m happy to see him get another shot.

  66. howsaboutit says: Aug 28, 2013 7:39 AM

    Good luck Graham!

  67. Troll_toll says: Aug 28, 2013 7:43 AM

    Poor Graham. From the penthouse to the basement.

  68. virusgvr says: Aug 28, 2013 7:45 AM

    This just proves how much of a mess the Jets are in. A garbage QB to the Packers this season and 17 minutes later the Jets can’t wait to blow their wad and get this guy on the team ASAP. I have to believe that there will be a few better QB’s that will be release this week following the cuts?

  69. ctiggs says: Aug 28, 2013 7:50 AM

    This is really taking a step backwards, before you can go forward.

  70. snowman36 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:51 AM

    Am I going to be the first to say it??


  71. wamj2008 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:51 AM

    Graham seems like a good guy but after 3 years in GB he just couldn’t put it together. I don’t see him faring any better in the quarterback factory that is the Jets.

  72. whatjusthapped says: Aug 28, 2013 7:57 AM

    It seems that whenever the Jets face a critical decision for their franchise, they make the wrong choice. I don’t know much about John Beck but what I can tell you is that Graham Harrell sucks, I mean worse that Christian Ponder suckage if that is even possible.

    Hopefully, he never sees the field in the regular season.

  73. pl4tinum514 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:01 AM

    What is wrong with the Jets? Are they seriously trying to collect the 4 worst QBs in the NFL? Harrell is atrocious!

  74. thechronicjoker says: Aug 28, 2013 8:01 AM

    Good thing you got your starting quarterback, the last week of preseason. Harrell will be your starter.

  75. aa1829 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:05 AM

    Good luck Graham, everyone agrees that you are a great guy, but I fear the talent is just not there.

  76. weezycat2 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:06 AM

    Cue the carnival music…….

  77. hodag54501 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:13 AM

    Harrell’s a good guy, but when given the opportunity to run with the number one offense he fell flat. That was in a QB-friendly offense in Green Bay. Sorry Jets fans, he ain’t Brett Favre in terms of ability. Basically he was beaten out of a roster spot by a 7th round draft pick(B.J. Coleman) and a guy who was out of football last year(Vince Young).

  78. 7ransponder says: Aug 28, 2013 8:16 AM

    I think both Packer and Vikings fans can laugh together at this one.

  79. jrmbadger says: Aug 28, 2013 8:18 AM

    I’m surprised the Vikings didn’t pick him up. He’s better than Ponder.

  80. mightymightylafootball says: Aug 28, 2013 8:18 AM


  81. beckzhere says: Aug 28, 2013 8:19 AM

    He will be the starter no later than mid season, if not week 1.

  82. fordmandalay says: Aug 28, 2013 8:22 AM

    Signing the guy who got beat out by Vince Young. Go Jets!

  83. ezg1 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:22 AM

    The Ryan Rodeo!

  84. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:24 AM

    The Vikings aren’t going to like this one bit.

  85. blowpackblow says: Aug 28, 2013 8:24 AM

    Like a Toyota Tundra…a horrible pick up.

  86. jwcarlson says: Aug 28, 2013 8:24 AM

    Wish him the best of luck, but he is in for some serious culture shock.

  87. jetsarestacked says: Aug 28, 2013 8:29 AM

    here today. gone friday.

  88. citiciti says: Aug 28, 2013 8:29 AM

    J-E-T-S..Joke Joke Joke

  89. bigjim50010 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:34 AM

    good lord….did they even have any tape of Harrell?
    His preseason was shaky at best…
    Well, you can’t say they aren’t fun to watch what will happen next.

  90. jimmysee says: Aug 28, 2013 9:01 AM

    The Jets remember another ex-Packers QB — Brett!

  91. sandblastermoron says: Aug 28, 2013 9:03 AM

    from one circus to another!!!!!!!

  92. jazsrt says: Aug 28, 2013 9:04 AM


    Best of luck, Jets fans…

  93. brocattosbasement says: Aug 28, 2013 9:08 AM

    It’s a shame that the best QB on this team will get overlooked for another year. Greg McElroy, all he does is win games. He may not be the strong armed, franchise type QB, but he’s a mistake free game manager. Just not enough intelligence in the Jets organization to see that.

  94. seanmmartin says: Aug 28, 2013 9:09 AM

    Get the signing. He’s smart, was heralded in college, and played/learned behind Rodgers. Plus, the only way to beat the Pats is by air. Shame they don’t have receivers.

  95. twobluegills says: Aug 28, 2013 9:27 AM

    I’m not sure what the Jets see in him but I wish him the best. I feel much better with Young or even Coleman, the Packers made the right decision.

  96. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 28, 2013 9:29 AM

    The Jets are the most entertaining team in the league. Welcome to the soap opera Graham Harrell.

  97. corkspop says: Aug 28, 2013 9:36 AM

    What happened to McElroy? Why bring in Harrell?

  98. dwarftosser says: Aug 28, 2013 9:54 AM

    Harrell didn’t develop the way we wanted him to in Green Bay, but he’s still got talent and he certainly won’t make any worse decisions than Sanchez. Seems like a good pickup to me.

  99. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 28, 2013 10:37 AM

    I think you’ve got a typo up top there- The full headline was supposed to read “Graham Harrell agrees to contract with Jets, immediately wins starting quarterback job”

  100. gobuccs1280 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    They should have tried to inquire about Tim Tebow, the Pats might not keep him by the time they hit 53. Plus aren’t the Jets already footing the bill. The hoodie smiles again.

  101. nananatman says: Aug 28, 2013 11:06 AM

    Matt Simms is the only option. He is the only one that didn’t look terrified on the field.

  102. clayminator says: Aug 28, 2013 11:14 AM

    may not be good enough to start in NY, but we know he is better than noodle arm Ponder and would start in Minny.

    surprised Spieldope didn’t jump at the chance to get some more Packer castoffs.

  103. trapshoot says: Aug 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    Says a lot about the status of things in the zoo known as the Jets.

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