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Packers sign kicker, release six players including 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/Jeffrey Phelps)


The Packers made quarterback Graham Harrell’s departure official on Sunday while also adding a third foot to the competition at kicker.

It won’t be a veteran competing against Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio, however. The Packers have signed Zach Ramirez, who was a tryout player at the Seahawks’ rookie camp in May. Ramirez was a first-team All-American in the FCS while at Portland State in 2011, but only played six games as a senior because of injury.

Earlier this week, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said that it was possible that the Packers’ kicker wasn’t on the roster so Ramirez would seem to have a shot at winning the job if he does well in the next couple of weeks.

In addition to Harrell, the Packers released wide receiver Alex Gillett, wide receiver Omarius Hines, runinng back Angelo Pease, defensive tackle Gilbert Peña and wide receiver Justin Wilson. The Packers and the other 31 teams have until Tuesday afternoon to cut down to 75 players.