When quarterback Graham Harrell was signed to the Packers' 53-man roster earlier this week, it was to a three-year deal that will keep him in Green Bay through 2013, according to Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders.
With backup Matt Flynn scheduled to become a free agent at season's end, it's possible Harrell could be the primary backup to starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the next couple seasons.
Harrell signed league minimum salaries of $450,000 prorated over the rest of the current season, $540,000 in 2012 and $630,00 in 2013.
The three-year deal is consistent with other deals signed by running back Brandon Saine and offensive lineman Ray Dominguez, the two other players signed to contracts after a previous stint on the practice squad earlier this season.
A similar situation happened to Harrell last year, when he spent the early part of the season on the practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster following the concussion Rodgers sustained in the Week 14 game at Detroit last year. He was on the roster for the remainder of the season, playoffs and Super Bowl.
Harrell is likely to be the front runner to be the Packers' No. 2 quarterback next season assuming Flynn leaves for an opportunity to become a starter elsewhere in the NFL. However, the Packers may consider other options in free agency and perhaps more likely, the NFL draft for additional quarterback depth.
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