Marvin Harrison to be Cut

Feb 23, 2009

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The Colts and Marvin Harrison came to a crossroads.  Marvin Harrison would either restructure his contract so he could retire as a Colt or he would be granted his release.  The team and their star receiver were just too far apart so after 13 years they will part ways.  He certainly left his mark in Indy with 1102 receptions (including a record 143 in 2002), 14580 yards, and 128 TDs.  He had a string of eight straight 10+ TD seasons and formed one of the NFL’s top QB-WR tandems with Peyton Manning.  He’s not the same receiver any more though as he managed just 80 receptions for 883 yards, and 6 TDs in 20 games over the past two years.

It’s going to be tough for Manning, the Colts, and their fans to adjust to life without #88, but the past two years have afforded them the opportunity to put a plan in place.  Anthony Gonzalez emerged as a solid WR who should hold his own opposite of Reggie Wayne.  Plus, Tight End Dallas Clark became the second option in the Colts’ passing attack last year with his 77 receptions for 848 yards.

As for Harrison, he’ll find a place to land.  There is plenty of speculation that he’ll end up as an Eagle.  He’s from Philly, played college ball at Syracuse with Donovan McNabb, and McNabb recently lobbied for help on Offense.  Even if he doesn’t land in Philly there will be plenty of suitors for the talented wideout.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    WOW. That’s one of those things that makes all the sense in the world, but still kind of blows your mind…

  2. LestersLegends
    February 23rd, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    Totally agree. Things have gotten strange for Marvin in recent years with the injuries, the off-the-field incident, and now this.

  3. CK0712
    February 24th, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    the official announcement will come either later today or tomorrow.

    There is plenty of speculation that he’ll end up as an Eagle. He’s from Philly, played college ball at Syracuse with Donovan McNabb, and McNabb recently lobbied for help on Offense.

    LOL~

    i don’t consider an aging wide out an upgrade, i’m sure donovan won’t either. the FO won’t touch this guy, even if they take to heart what donovan has said. eventually he could be seen in the “roundhouse” in an orange jumpsuit~

  4. LestersLegends
    February 24th, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    Maybe not a long term upgrade, but I’d take Marvin over what they got aside from DeSean Jackson.

  5. Chris
    February 24th, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    Harrison was a great player for a long, I’m sure Colts fans will miss him! It’d be an interesting fit at the Eagles, but I doubt he’d get more than a year…he doesn’t seem like a “offensive fix” anymore, more like an “offensive band-aid”.

  6. LestersLegends
    February 24th, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    Chris – I agree.

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