Marvin Harrison on the Brink of Being Released by the Indianapolis Colts

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 20, 2009

A tragic end might be coming to one of the most legendary careers in NFL history.

With the Indianapolis Colts in dire need of clearing salary cap space, they are on the verge of releasing longtime Colts legend, Marvin Harrison.

Marvin Harrison is set to take up $13.4 million dollars in cap space during the 2009 season.

After seeing Marvin Harrison's production severely decline in 2008, the Colts are now willing to part with their longest active player.

Marvin Harrison was a first-round draft selection all the way back in 1996.

Since then, he has evolved into one of the most productive receivers in NFL history.

Over the course of his 13-year career, Harrison has managed to accumulate 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.

He is the league's second all-time leading receiver behind only Jerry Rice.

Being accustomed to Marvin Harrison's all-pro production, the Colts gave him an opportunity to see if he could make a successful comeback from multiple knee operations.

Although he did manage to start 15 of the Colts' 16 games, he only managed to catch 60 passes for 636 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Not horrible by any means, but no longer production worthy of one of the NFL's top salaries.

It's sad to see such a legendary player's career come to an end like this.

Marvin was not able to leave the Colts at the top of his game.

The controversy regarding a Philadelphia shooting during the offseason combined with his diminished physical abilities culminated in a bitter ending to an otherwise brilliant career.

It's only a matter of time now until Marvin Harrison will be officially released by the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts have been preparing for this day.

They drafted Ohio State receiver Anthony Gonzalez in the first round of the 2007 draft and he has since managed to develop well.

The Colts will be fine without Marvin Harrison, but the real question is will Marvin Harrison be fine without the Colts?