Saints Sign Former Top Draft Pick Joey Harrington
by Dave Lawrence, NewOrleansSaints.com
Friday, September 19, 2008 – 1:00 PM
The New Orleans Saints announced Friday the signing of veteran free agent quarterback Joey Harrington. A veteran of six NFL seasons, Harrington joins the Saints following stints with the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, and most recently the Atlanta Falcons.
A 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback out of the University of Oregon, Harrington was the Lions’ first-round selection in 2002, being taken with the third overall pick. He played with Detroit for four seasons (2002-05) and subsequently one season each with the Dolphins (’06) and Falcons (’07).
(Left to Right): Mark Brunell, Drew Brees and Joey Harrington
Over 81 career games (76 starts), Harrington has completed 1,424 passes on 2,538 attempts (56.1%) for 14,693 yards with 79 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. In 12 games for the Falcons last season, he threw seven touchdowns with eight interceptions, going for 2,215 yards. He was released by the Falcons at the close of the preseason in August.
In a related roster move, the Saints released defensive tackle Alvin McKinley, a player signed last week who played sparingly in last weekend’s game at Washington.