Falcons Release J. Harrington

The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterback Joey Harrington, perhaps reinforcing the notion that they will use the third overall selection in the NFL draft in April on Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan.

Harrington inherited the Falcons' starting job this past season from the suspended Michael Vick but couldn't keep it. Byron Leftwich and Chris Redman also were given chances as Atlanta's starter without having much success, and now two of the three are gone. The Falcons previously released Leftwich, who remains unsigned.

The team re-signed Redman, and he and D.J. Shockley are the only quarterbacks left on the roster.

The Falcons won a coin flip with the Oakland Raiders at last month's NFL scouting combine for the third pick in the draft, and some executives in the league are convinced that the Falcons will choose Ryan if the BC quarterback doesn't go first overall to the Miami Dolphins. The St. Louis Rams have the second pick and don't seem likely to take a quarterback.

By Mark Maske |  March 5, 2008; 2:05 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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