Marvin Harrison to be Cut
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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.