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Kanell Could Be Next Dragon QB

Former Giants quarterback Danny Kanell could be returning to pro football

in New York, this time with the Arena League's Dragons.

The Dragons released starting quarterback Danny Ragsdale yesterday, and a

team source said Kanell had a successful workout with the Dragons earlier in

the week.

Kanell last played in the NFL with Atlanta in 2000 and spent last summer

playing professional baseball as a first baseman for the Newark Bears of the

independent Atlantic League. He was the starting quarterback for the Giants in

20 games from 1996-'98.

Another possibility for the Dragons could be the return of AFL Offensive

Player of the Year Aaron Garcia, who was signed by the NFL's 49ers during the

winter. Garcia hoped to attend training camp this summer and earn the No. 3

quarterback position, but the 49ers drafted quarterback Brandon Doman out of

BYU in the fifth round of this past weekend's NFL draft. That selection greatly

diminished the odds of Garcia making the team in the fall.

Ragsdale's career as a starting quarterback for the Dragons lasted only

three- quarters of a game. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 129 yards with a

touchdown and an interception and was pulled in favor of rookie Matt Nagy as

the Dragons lost, 43-25, to the Los Angeles Avengers on Friday.

The Dragons open their home schedule at noon Sunday at Nassau Coliseum, and

their starting quarterback could be any one of three or more players.

NFL experience doesn't always translate into AFL success. It often takes

time for a player to adjust to the tight dimensions and quickness of the

arcade-like Arena game.

If Kanell signs with the Dragons, he won't be the only NFL quarterback to

return to the metropolitan area with an AFL team. Former Jet Glenn Foley, who

also played for the Seattle Seahawks, is playing for the New Jersey Gladiators

this season. Foley did not see any playing time in an opening-week loss because

of a coach's decision.

The Dragons' coaches have some decisions to make as well.

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