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August

Report: Packers Releasing Graham Harrell

Adam Schefter of ESPN’s NFL Insider reported this afternoon via Twitter that the Green Bay Packers are releasing quarterback Graham Harrell:

 

The news comes less than 24 hours after a forgettable performance by Harrell in the Packers-Seahawks preseason game, where he completed 6 of 13 passes for 49 yards and a quarterback rating of 56.2. Overall during the 2013 preseason, Harrell has completed 23 of 42 passes for 169 yards and an interception. He failed to score a touchdown in any game, though Finley’s attempt to haul in an endzone pass might have been as close as it came. The initial touchdown call was eventually overturned on review.

Harrell was signed by the Packers in May 2010 after playing with the Canadian Football League and has been with the team since.

This news suggests that the Packers will be running with veteran QB Vince Young as the back-up to Aaron Rodgers. After being signed by Green Bay early in training camp, Young has slowly progressed within Mike McCarthy’s offensive system. He had his best night against Seattle, when he complete 6 of 7 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Young also added 39 yards on 3 scrambles, which was the highest rushing total by any player that game.

By the end of business on Tuesday, August 27th, all NFL teams must have their rosters cut down to 75 players. The final cutdowns to the 53-man roster must occur by Saturday, August 31st. This marks the first of numerous cuts to be announced by the Packers over the next week.

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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6

January

Packers’ Reggie McKenzie To Be Named Oakland Raiders GM

 

McKenzie appears headed to Oakland to be the Raiders new GM.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders are planning to hire Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie as their next general manager.

McKenzie has long been rumored as a leading candidate for the job after Raiders owner and GM Al Davis passed away this fall. The two sides had reportedly been in contact this week, as McKenzie received a high recommendation from former Packers GM Ron Wolf for the job. Wolf has been assisting the Raiders in the search for new GM, along with former Raiders coach John Madden and Ken Herock.

McKenzie has served 18 years in the Packers personnel department, including the last four in his current capacity. He joined the Packers in 1994 as a pro personnel assistant and was later promoted to director of personnel in 1997.

McKenzie took over for John Schneider in May of 2008 as director of football operations after Schneider left to become the Seattle Seahawks general manager.

A former linebacker, McKenzie was drafted in the 10th by the Wolf-run Raiders in 1985 and played four years in Oakland. After two years in Phoenix with the Cardinals and another in San Francisco, McKenzie was out of the NFL. In 1993, he joined Phillip Fulmer’s coaching staff at his former alma mater in Tennessee. A later year, he landed in Green Bay in his first front office job.

McKenzie will land at a job that currently lacks draft capital, as current Raiders coach Hue Jackson doled out a first-round pick in 2012 and a second-rounder in ’13 for quarterback Carson Palmer before the trading deadline in October. As it stands before compensatory picks, the Raiders’ first pick next April would come in the fifth round.

A potential replacement for McKenzie could be Elliot Wolf, Ron’s son and currently the Packers assistant director of player personnel. NFL.com reported earlier in the week that he may be a candidate to leave with McKenzie to Oakland. John Dorsey, the Packers director of college scouting, turned down an offer to interview for the Indianapolis Colts’ GM opening and could also be a candidate.

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Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.