Falcons cut Harrington – maybe

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Poor, Joey. We barely knew ‘ya.

On Wednesday, news surfaced that the Atlanta Falcons cut hunky quarterback Joey Harrington after just a season on the team’s troubled roster.

He’s the veteran who’s under-performed his entire pro career, but wowed gay fans wherever he went with his smile, twang and impressive physical stature. He went from backup to starter as the Falcons crumbled last season after losing starting QB Michael Vick to a jail sentence for dog fighting.

ryan_matt_blog.jpgToday, news reports signal that the Falcons may be changing their tune, meaning Harrington and his wife might not need to put the For Sale sign on their Virginia Highland home. It all seems like it’s coming down to money. Harrington signed a two-year, $6 million contract when he joined the team, but the Falcons don’t have to pay his base salary if they release him.

Both sides seem interested in resigning Harrington with a restructured contract, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a deal that would save the Falcons a little room on the salary cap while also keeping on staff a veteran starter.

Regardless, the Falcons seem intent on selecting a quarterback in the April 26-27 draft. Speculation is swirling around Boston College QB Matt Ryan (left photo), who would be another easy-on-eyes addition to the roster.

Harrington, if you remember, excited gay football fans in Atlanta, as I reported last year for Outsports.com:

Harrington, 28, a 6-foot-4, five-year veteran who is also a jazz pianist, comes with cover guy looks and has long been a favorite of Outsports readers. The Falcons acquired the 28-year-old free agent earlier this year soon after he returned from his honeymoon, a move that didn’t go unnoticed by gay Falcons fans in search of an object for their affection since defensive end Patrick Kerney left for the Seattle Seahawks.??

And with all of the controversy swirling around Vick and the Falcons during the pre-season, a little Harrington goes a long way.??

“I’m excited about the season and yes, I find Harrington attractive. Who wouldn’t?” says Gregory Hendricks, a gay Falcons fan in Atlanta. “Even my gay friends who don’t like football, they like him. All of my friends who hate sports, once they see him they say, ‘Hey, I’ll go to a game to see him.’ ”

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