Packers third-string quarterback Graham Harrell talked to Green Bay reporters Wednesday about turning down an offer to join the Bills and accepting a promotion with the Packers.
The Bills wanted to sign Harrell off Green Bay's practice squad. The Packers offered to promote him to their 53-man roster. He chose the latter option, moving up to No. 3 on the depth chart behind Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn.
"I talked to Aaron ( Rodgers)," Harrell told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "He told me I should stay. Maybe that was a selfish reason because he and I get along so well and he's pretty comfortable right now. I trust him and he wouldn't advise me in the wrong direction. I'm excited to be here. Having him definitely helps, not only because we get along so well, but he's such a great player and he can do everything he can to teach you. It's a great place to learn and develop."
Flynn is in the last year of his contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2012. He's expected to leave Green Bay in an effort to earn a shot at a starting job. Harrell spent the 2009 season in Canada after leaving Texas Tech as the NCAA leader in passing touchdowns. He has been in the Packers' system the past two seasons.
"It's a great opportunity for Graham," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told Green Bay reporters. "He's someone that's been in our program now for almost two years, I'm obviously favorable to the quarterback position and what he adds to that room and to the locker room, he's a very likable young man. We think he has a promising future."