Raiders join crowd eyeing Harrington


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Jan 22, 2006
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Raiders join crowd eyeing Harrington

By Steve Corkran

The Raiders are among the seven teams that have been given permission by the Detroit Lions to speak with quarterback Joey Harrington, according to several published reports Tuesday.

Harrington, 27, has spent his entire four-year NFL career with Detroit. Earlier this month, new Lions coach Rod Marinelli said Harrington no longer fit into his team's plans and that a move would be forthcoming.

The Lions are seeking to trade Harrington rather than release him without getting any compensation for a player they selected No. 3 in the 2002 NFL draft. He is slated to meet with the Dolphins today, according to several reports.

Lions president Matt Millen has given permission to the Raiders, Dolphins, Cincinnati, Denver, Kansas City, Seattle and Dallas to talk to Harrington about a potential trade. The Detroit Free Press also reported that Millen has discussed Harrington with Baltimore and the New York Jets.

The Raiders signed quarterback Aaron Brooks a week ago, and he is the projected starter. They haven't scheduled a visit with Harrington, though one is being contemplated, a person in the front office said.

Harrington became expendable after not showing much improvement from his rookie season through the 2005 campaign. He was the Lions' primary starter in each of his four seasons there.

Brooks replaced deposed starter Kerry Collins. Oakland also has quarterbacks Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo on its roster, so adding Harrington would create a heated competition for the backup spot.

The Dolphins also have contacted Collins' agent, David Dunn, about the prospect of Collins signing a free agent contract. They traded for quarterback Daunte Culpepper earlier this month, but Culpepper's status for this season remains uncertain as he recovers from right knee surgery last November.

In other news, the Raiders had outside linebacker Keith Adams in for a visit. He started 16 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season and had 101 tackles.

Finally, former Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson is scheduled to visit the Green Bay Packers later this week, according to his agent. He met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday.

Bucs coach Jon Gruden said he envisions Woodson playing free safety if he signs with the team. Gruden coached Woodson with the Raiders from 1998-2001.
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