Harrell released.. waste of time effort and Money

What were they thinking? they release Harrell after making an effort to sign him, groom him into a QB for the Riders then they release him?

was it Taman correcting Tillman's errors? or did they find someone better?

either way I think all the time they spent on him has been an absolute waste!

Yep, we've never cut a QB prospect before.....

..........If Durant goes down who's the back-up........hmmmmmmmm could be some dicey days ahead in the qb. dept.for the riders.... :roll:

Ken Miller stated in his blog that Harrell didn't want to be here. It's a damn shame for sure.

Actually, papa, it probably clarifies things. Had Harrell stayed, he and Berquist would be 2-3 (in some order) behind DD. In that case, if DD goes down, questions would abound. I was prepared to live with those questions given that both were thought to be good prospects.

Now, my guess is that unless we have (and can sign) a stud prospect from our neg list, Taman will look to a QB with CFL experience. Whether that's KJ or not, I have no idea. So now if DD goes down, I'd still hope that they give the kid (Berquist) the first shot, but if he proves not ready then a veteran comes in at #3, who hopefully can be a bandaid, short-term solution.

.....Joseph is still out there.....would he be an option or is he too long in the tooth.. :roll:

Well, papa, the Bombers appear to have a similiar problem... the difference is that Buck is far more injury prone that DD is... lets hope that both QBs are around for the LDC and Banjo Bowl, and that the games are more competitive than they were last year.... :wink:

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Former Rider GM Eric Tillman was the man who brought Graham Harrell - the record-setting QB from Texas Tech - to Saskatchewan. Below, Eric comments via email on the Riders' release of Harrell today:

I have not spoken with the media since I resigned, but, in fairness to other people, I'll be glad to on this one.

No, I'm not totally surprised by the news. Here's a little history: when Graham came north he had an offer to play in the new UFL. That's the league where Denny Green, Jim Haslett, Jim Fassel, etc, all former NFL guys, were coaching. Many Canadians, with good reason, don't know much about that league, because it was on US cable only.

Anyway, Graham turned down a larger offer from them and came to Canada for about $4000 a game. It would have gone up to about $5000 a game this year, if I remember correctly. Why did he come to Saskatchewan for less money? One, because he loved the spread offense - Texas Tech's system has many CFL similarities. And, two, because when we initially recruited Graham, I told his agent we had three young quarterbacks (Durant, Jyles and Bell), and it was a great opportunity for Graham to come in and compete for the starting job at some point.

After he missed our training camp, we kept recruiting him hard, but I was honest - saying 2009 might prove to be nothing more than a developmental year. But, at the same time, trying to encourage him, too, by saying if Graham played well enough in practice, he certainly MIGHT get some playing time late in 2009.

As always, though, it was made clear that decision would be made by Ken Miller and the coaches. As everyone knows, Graham waited and waited on a second NFL opportunity, after attending the Browns mini camp in May, hoping Cleveland, or someone, would sign him. Given the NFL pay scale, we all understood that. When no NFL offers came their way, he finally agreed to come to Canada instead of the UFL - but, like I said, that was well after the Riders training camp was completed.

Graham's arrival, fortunately for us, but unfortunately for him, coincided with Darian playing very well. With that high level of play by Darian, and with the confidence the players and coaches had in him, the opportunity quickly wasn't what it might have been for Graham if he had participated in training camp.

Looking back, you have give credit to Kenny for believing in Darian, and to Darian for seizing the moment. Based on multiple conversations, though, the coaches all seemed to like and respect Graham very much after he arrived - and said they wished we had had him from day one.

But, in late September, shortly before the trade deadline (Oct 14th), his agent (Jon Persch) asked for us to trade Graham. He was very respectful, but stated strongly Graham felt with DD's emergence, he wouldn't ever have a fair chance to compete to be the starter in Saskatchewan. In particular, Jon mentioned Toronto, as a desired destination. I countered, suggesting, if he stayed, Graham would have a real chance to compete for the number two job in 2010; but that clearly wasn't what they preferred. Their response wasn't in a combative way at all - they were very complimentary of Darian, and the other qb's, too - but, it was crystal clear: Graham wanted to be somewhere where he could COMPETE to be the starter!

So, I spoke with Adam Rita at length on the phone, and we met in my home a few days later - the night before the Riders-Argos game in early October. That was right before the trade deadline. I gave Adam a college DVD of Graham at Tech for them to review. After they returned to Toronto, Adam and Bart looked at the DVD, and within a couple of days, we were talking specifics; but, unfortunately, we simply couldn't reach an agreement that I felt was fair to the Riders.

We had an offer in the west, too, but I felt it was a mistake to trade Graham within the division...especially, since that offer wasn't a first round draft pick, or even a second. We wanted a conditional number one pick, based on if Graham became a starter with his new team. Anyway, Adam and I agreed to talk further after the season. Obviously, things changed significantly with Bart Andrus and me leaving our positions, with Brendan and Kenny getting promotions, and with Jim Barker's arrival in Toronto.

My sense is the new Toronto regime really liked Dalton Bell, but any discussions regarding Dalton, Graham, etc, from early January on, should go through Kenny, Brendan or the Argonauts. In fairness to Kenny, and the staff, they did a great job developing Darian.

And, in total fairness to Brendan, who's a great guy, this Graham situation is a hot potato he simply inherited. So, if anyone's unhappy a trade wasn't consummated back then, please blame me, not Brendan or Kenny. In fairness to Graham, he has really had a tough year, or so.

His father - and they're very close - was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and, then, his NFL dream didn't come to fruition. So, he comes to Canada wanting to PLAY, and, then, Darian grabs the starting job and plays his backside off. That happens in football, but, players are just human beings who wear jersey's for a living - they get frustrated just like the rest of us do. In truth, Graham's a really good young man, who's been dealt some lousy cards recently, especially with his Dad's illness.

Sorry this was long, but, there were many elements to Graham's situation, and I hope this helps clarify several aspects.

And, again, if there's any fault to be passed around, please blame me. We could have traded Graham last October, and I take responsibility for that.


lol tillman wanted a conditional first rounder based on if this guy ever became starter for the team? no wonder he wasnt traded. hate to say it cuz i honestly like harrell and thought in a year or so, he could have become a starter.. because i just think he suits the CFL more so than the NFL but fact is.. the guy has prooved nothing in the CFL. All he is.. is a prospect and people can talk about injuries and what if starting qb's get hurt.. fact is right now as things stand.. the riders have durant and 2 guys who have never taken a snap in a live cfl game. with harrell there it would have been 3 guys who had never taken a snap in the league plus durant. I dont think you lose much here, he's not the first qb prospect from texas tech that has been released or cut by a cfl team.. only thing is.. sounded like he's the guy that wanted to be let go. The strangest part in all this is both harrell and his best friend eric morris were released on the same day at the same time. Theres more to this story to come im sure, both guys from texas tech released the same day.. surely they have something planned, either with another cfl team (calgary,toronto) or maybe even plan on playing together in the Unseen Football League.

Apprently Sam Bradford is now available! :lol:

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These guys kill me.......

Just like Tom Brady being on a CFL neg. list.Like the guy's ever going to lose favor with Bellichek.Unless of course he has a freak few years and the CFL becomes his last option for his final year lol.
Really like Bradford, think he'll do well for the Ram's.

So Harrell been wanting to go since September because of the depth of our quarterback position. We KNOW he wants to start and the chances of that are slim, yet in our infinite wisdom we think "If we give away one of the QBs ahead of him in the depth chart then maybe he will stay even though he still won't be starting." So we send Dalton Bell to Toronto for a 5th rounder?

Isn't Dalton Bell the QB that we hid on the 9 game injured list for 2 years because we were so afraid of someone else picking him off of our practice roster? and we let him go for a 5th rounder?

And then we give Harrell his release anyway, not even 6 weeks after the trade? shoulda made the kid sit on the 9 game injured list till his contract was up.

I'm sad to see Harrell leave, but, I'd rather see him leave than become a cancer in the dressing room. We've seen that happen before, and it wasn't nice

no worries rider fans..

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no contract talks yet but.... i think the writings on the wall.

I’m a Texas Tech graduate and a Riders fan and I was really pleased when the Riders signed Harrell. I was sorry to see him go but thanks to Eric Tillman for bringing some clarity to the scene. I was hoping that Eric Morris was going to stick around but he went too. Harrell signed with the Packers, I hope he has success there. But now it’s a new season and I’m looking forward to the Riders having an exciting year and winning the Grey Cup.

Welcome, my southern friend !! It is unfortunate that things have to happen this way in the business of football but all will go on. Keep on posting !