Falcons re-sign Harrington one week after cutting veteran QB

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One week after releasing Joey Harrington, the Atlanta Falcons re-signed the veteran quarterback on Tuesday to a one-year, $1 million contract, reports NFL Network's Adam Schefter..

The Falcons were down to two quarterbacks after cutting Harrington last Wednesday and Byron Leftwich last month.

The Falcons re-signed Chris Redman to a two-year deal two weeks ago, but the only other quarterbacks on the roster before the team re-signed Harrington were D.J. Shockley and Michael Vick. Shockley has never played in a regular-season game and Vick is serving a 23-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal charges in a dogfighting operation.

The 29-year-old Harrington played in 12 games with 10 starts last season. He completed 215 of 348 passes for 2,215 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He set a career high by completing 61.8 percent of his passes, but the Falcons were only 3-7 in his starts.

Detroit drafted Harrington No. 3 overall in 2002.

Following five seasons with the Lions and one year in Miami, Harrington signed a two-year, $6 million contract to become Vick's backup. He moved into the starting role when Vick's legal problems began.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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