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For all the people worried that we only got a 6th for Ramsey... it could have been worse.

Lions to release QB Harrington


March 20, 2006

ALLEN PARK, Michigan (Ticker) - Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington floundered under three coaches. Rod Marinelli is not going to let it happen to him.

Marinelli indicated on Monday that Harrington will be released by the team.

"We've made a decision to move on," Marinelli said when asked of the Lions' quarterback situation. "At this moment, he's (Harrington's) not with us. That's been my decision."


Marinelli, who was hired as the Lions' coach two months ago, and president Matt Millen sent a strong message to Harrington by signing three free-agent quarterbacks this month - Jon Kitna, Josh McCown and Shaun King.

Now it appears that Harrington, who has a salary cap number of $12.04 million in 2006, will not get a chance to compete with Kitna and McCown for the starting job.

By releasing Harrington, the Lions will get a cap savings of $5.4 million. He is due a roster bonus of $4 million on June 15.

The third overall pick in the 2002 draft, Harrington had an 18-37 record as a starting quarterback under coaches Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci and Dick Jauron and a career quarterback rating of 68.1, passing for 10,242 yards and 60 touchdowns with 62 interceptions.

Last season, Harrington completed 57 percent of his passes for 2,021 yards and 12 touchdowns with 12 interceptions for a rating of 72.0. Mariucci benched Harrington in favor of veteran Jeff Garcia before being fired on November 28.

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I honestly thought Harrington would be a great pro quarterback when he came out of Oregon. I think we should take a look at him as a project. If there's one thing he's never lacked, it's the ability to be clutch in the 4th quarter(in college). Something that can't be taught. It was difficult situation Harrington was thrown into; bad front office, bad coaching, no offense line, etc. He'll get another shot somewhere, and he might pan out. We'll see.

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