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Packers will release Graham Harrell

Graham Harrell

Green Bay Packers’ Graham Harrell during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Vince Young’s performance against the Seahawks on Friday night was good enough to land him the job backing up Aaron Rodgers this season.

That’s one of the conclusions we can draw from the news that Graham Harrell is on his way out of Green Bay. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Harrell is being released as the Packers make their first round of cuts this summer.

Harrell was 6-of-13 for 49 yards on Friday night, continuing a lackluster preseason that was the impetus to bring Young into the fold in the first place. Young, on the other hand, was 6-of-7 for 41 yards and a touchdown while also running for 39 yards on three carries.

Harrell spent the last three years with the Packers, playing in four games and throwing four passes in 2012. With Aaron Rodgers in town, preseason was the chance for Harrell to make his case for both the backup job and for other teams that might be looking for help at the position. He fell short of accomplishing the first half of that, we’ll now see if anyone else wants to bring him onboard.