Harrell apparently shut out in NFL free-agent bids


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell's hopes to earn a free-agent contract in the NFL have been put on hold after he failed to receive a contract offer from the Cleveland Browns.

Despite setting the NCAA FBS career record for touchdown passes and directing his team to bowl games in each year as a starter, the NFL apparently isn't an option right now for Harrell.

Harrell's father, Sam Harrell, a noted high school coach in Ennis, Texas, is disillusioned by the process.

"I guess it's kind of frustrating," Sam Harrell told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "It's more bewildering as much as anything. There's not a single spot anywhere for a guy that not only threw for a lot of yards and led tremendous comebacks, but has a good, clean background and his character is good."

I'm a little surprised that nothing better has materialized for Harrell, either.

But I'm also guessing his chances with Browns coach Eric Mangini probably weren't helped by his old college coach popping off about Mangini's football acumen, either.