ALLEN PARK - Joey Harrington starting at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day would not be an unusual development except this time, he could be wearing the opponents uniform.
Sources close to Harrington's agent David Dunn say that the two sides have reached agreement in principle on a compensation package that have Harrington sign a two-year deal with Miami.
However, Miami has not offered what the Lions are looking for in terms of compensation for the former third overall pick in the draft. The Dolphins do not have either a 5th or a 6th round pick and are balking at sending Detroit anything higher and is trying to convince Detroit to take two 7th round picks.
Detroit, for its part, wants a first day draft pick as compensation, but Harrington, who can refuse to renegotiate his contract if he doesn't get the team of his preference, likes Miami (who wouldn't) over Cincinnati, who is also offering a two-year deal.
Cincinnati, though is believed to be dangling a 5th-round pick to Detroit in exchange for Harrington. Harrington believes that his chances of seeing the field are better in Miami under Saban and behind severely injured quarterback Daunte Culpepper (knee) than they are in Cincinnati behind another Dunn client, Carson Palmer.
Detroit says they are in no hurry to get a deal done but the reality of the situation is they'd love to have whatever picks they can get for Harrington and him out of town by draft day on April 29th.