Some Quick-Hit Packers News

The Packers release a lineman to make room for Daryn Colledge; plus news on Kole Heckendorf and Graham Harrell.

With organized team activities starting Monday, the Packers continue to work on their roster.

With Daryn Colledge agreeing to his restricted free agent tender on Monday, the Packers needed to make a corresponding roster move to get to the 80-player limit. So, the Packers released guard Stanley Daniels. Neither move has been announced, but Colledge's signing was confirmed by a source and Daniels no longer is listed on the Packers' roster. Daniels had two stints on the Packers' practice squad last season.

Update: Daniels was claimed by Denver on waivers. Interestingly, the Vikings put in a claim for him. The Broncos, with the worse record between the teams, won the right to sign Daniels.

The Detroit Lions released Kole Heckendorf on Wednesday. The Packers put in a waiver claim on Heckendorf, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan, but so did Seattle. The Seahawks won the right to sign Heckendorf based on a worse 2009 record. Heckendorf, a native of Mosinee, Wis., had an impressive training camp with the Packers but did not make the final roster. He spent most of last season on the Lions' practice squad.

Meanwhile, a source confirmed a Dallas Morning News report that record-setting former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell will work out for the Packers. Harrell, who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2008, went undrafted in 2009, failed to earn a contract at the Browns' tryout camp following the draft and spent last season on the injured list with Saskatchewan in the CFL. He was released by the RoughRiders last month because Harrell's primary focus was playing in the NFL.

Harrell, who participated in the Browns' rookie camp last week, too, is the only quarterback in NCAA history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season, and his 134 career touchdown passes is a record. Deemed a system quarterback, Harrell's arm strength probably isn't good enough for the NFL.

If signed, he'd compete with Chris Pizzotti and undrafted rookie Noah Shepard for the Packers' third quarterback spot.


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