ALLEN PARK -- After four years with the Lions, quarterback Joey Harrington isn't sure what's next in his NFL career -- whether the Lions will keep him, trade him or simply release him during the offseason.
Although he finished relatively strong -- after twice losing the starting job to veteran Jeff Garcia during the season -- there is speculation among fans and even some media that Harrington will not be the Lions quarterback when they go to camp next summer.
And Harrington, the third player taken in the 2002 NFL draft, isn't even sure where he would like to continue his career or what would be best for him.
"Initially at least, I'm not in control of what happens," Harrington said. "It's a waiting game for me. I've expressed how I feel, and I'm still not convinced myself.
"A big part of me wants to stay and right what we've started, but another part of me wants to get a fresh start somewhere. So I don't know. It will play out, but for now you sit and wait and clear your mind, so you're prepared for what happens.
"I'm in a position waiting to see what they want to do with me."
Harrington's three-touchdown performance in the season-ending 35-21 loss to Pittsburgh helped his overall season numbers. He completed 57 percent of his throws, had 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and finished with a passer rating of 72.0.
The overall feeling of fans and media seemed to warm toward Harrington after he missed five starts, apparently with the realization that Harrington was only one part of the Lions' on-going problems.
His fate is probably in the hands of Lions president Matt Millen, although the new coach might have some input into the eventual decision on whether to keep Harrington.
"I'm waiting to see what they would like to do with me," he said. "Two months ago, the consensus was that I was on the first thing smokin' out of town, and a month ago, all of a sudden I'm staying.
"You can't let yourself get too high or too low. You can't let yourself read into every sort of fad, every mentality the mob picks up. You've just got to ride it out and see what happens."