Graham Harrell

The Packers dig Harrell… kind of.

The Green Bay Packers apparently think highly of practice squad quarterback [intlink id=”1102″ type=”category”]Graham Harrell[/intlink].

They don’t think highly enough of him to keep him on the active roster, but they do think highly enough of him to pay him a wad of cash.

The league minimum for practice squad players is $96,900, which is what the Packers are paying everyone on their practice squad… except Harrell. The team rewarded the Texas Tech product with a $220,000 contract after his strong preseason.

That probably softened the blow of getting released a little bit.

It’s also a good sign the Packers see Harrell as the heir apparent to [intlink id=”84″ type=”category”]Matt Flynn[/intlink]. The Packers No. 2 quarterback is playing out the final season of his rookie deal and is expected to seek a starting job in the offseason.

Harrell’s salary is also a good sign the Packers would move him to the active roster if another team tried to claim him off their practice squad.