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Report: Jets sign former Packers QB Graham Harrell

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Graham Harrell now will get a chance in New York. (USATSI)
Graham Harrell now will get a chance in New York. (USATSI)

Because the Jets can't go a day without making some kind of ruckus in their quarterback room, here's a piece of slightly positive news for the team who needs all the help it can get.

According to's Alex Marvez, the Jets have signed former Packers backup Graham Harrell to a contract, and he's expected to report to the team Wednesday.

Yes, this is the same Harrell who was just released by Green Bay, having been beaten out for the role of Aaron Rodgers' understudy by Vince Young.

As you'll recall, Young was out of football last year, but he was still good enough to play better than Harrell, who looked subpar for much of the preseason.

And when he's played in the regular season, Harrell hasn't done much. In two seasons as Rodgers' backup, he's attempted only four total passes.

Now, he'll attempt to ingratiate himself into a New York team that seems to be imploding with an injured Mark Sanchez, an inexperienced Geno Smith and a coach who doesn't seem to have control of which one of those guys will start.

It seems unlikely, though, that Harrell has a real chance to make this team. Greg McElroy and Chris Simms also are on the roster, and since McElroy might not play in the team's fourth exhibition game because of knee and ankle pain, the team needs a quarterback who can actually participate in that final preseason contest.

That might mean Harrell will stick around for only one meaningless game before he's returned to the unemployment line.

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