Getting a modest pay raise was nice for Graham Harrell. What he really wanted was a sense that he had a future in Green Bay.
The Packers signed Harrell from the practice squad to the active roster on Wednesday, fending off potential interest from the Buffalo Bills.
And with Packers No. 2 quarterback Matt Flynn likely to get some free agent offers in the offseason from teams that might give him the chance to show he's a starter, Harrell now appears to have an inside track to becoming Aaron Rodgers' primary backup next season.
''It shows they want to keep you around, and that's always nice,'' Harrell said. ''It's a good thing to be wanted. It was a stressful day trying to decide what's the best situation. It's a good thing to be wanted and I've always enjoyed it and am happy to still be here.''
The move was a vote of confidence in Harrell.
''It's a great opportunity for Graham,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ''He's someone that's been in our program now for almost two years....