Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reports that the Falcons have signed free agent quarterback Joey Harrington to a two-year contract. Terms of the contract were undisclosed. The Falcons brought in Harrington for a visit this past Friday.
Harrington started 11 games last year for the Miami Dolphins, going 5-6 as a replacement for injured starter Daunte Culpepper. For his career, he has started 66 games over 5 seasons. In that span, he’s passed for 12,478 yards, 72 touchdowns, and has a career passer rating of 68.1. Harrington is an experienced NFL starter, something the Falcons were looking for with the backup position.
The team traded backup Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans last month, and had been looking for a veteran to replace him. They signed Chris Redman, who played under Bobby Petrino at Louisville, but he had not thrown a pass in the NFL since 2003. Also on the roster was D.J. Shockley, a seventh round pick last season, but he was inactive for every game last season. Harrington will likely secure the No. 2 position behind Michael Vick, while Redman, Shockley, and newcomer James Kilian compete for the No. 3 position. Most teams only carry four quarterbacks in training camp, which means that one of those players may not last until July or August.