Signing then Starting: Two plans for Harrington

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Justin Vanfulpen -

ALLEN PARK - Before Joey Harrington can save the Detroit Lions, he has to sign on the dotted line of his first NFL contract, and he plans to do that before the starting of the Detroit Lions training camp which starts on July 22nd in Allen Park. Harrington plans to be in training camp on time and not have any type of holdout, but he will leave that to his agent David Dunn. 

"That's why I've got David Dunn. He's got my best interests in mind, and my best interest is being in camp on time," said Harrington. 

The Lions and Dunn have started initial discussions on Harrington's contract but nothing that is solid as of yet. 

As of right now, Harrington is number 3 on the depth chart, behind Mike McMahon and Ty Detmer, but Harrington is expected to move right up the depth chart during training camp and the season as well.   Many veteran players have said that they expect Harrington to be the starter sometime during the season, because they have been that impressed with him in this off-season.

The Lions didn't draft Harrington number three overall this past April, nor deliver a hefty contract, for him to sit on the bench. The team plans on playing him and soon.  

"He has excellent intangibles, it's kind of an innate ability to see things and anticipate. To make it simple, a terrific feel for the game," Mornhinweg said of Harrington.

"He's got a tremendous amount of accuracy. Typically, even with an accurate guy in college, you bring him in, that first mini-camp, balls are all over the place, but he has not done that," Mornhinweg said.

In addition, Harrington is starting to feel more comfortable in the West Coast offense that head coach Marty Mornhinweg runs. 

"I can throw the ball. That's not what I'm worried about," said Harrington. "It's knowing where to throw the ball and when to throw it. I'm starting to feel a little more comfortable about that."

The Lions front office and Dunn will work on Harrington's contract and are hoping to get something done within the next six weeks.

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