I don't get it. Marvin Harrison is steadfastly refusing to take a pay cut, with his cap number too high for the Colts to stomach. Does he think he will get more in free agency? For a 36 year old who has shown signs of slowing down the last couple of seasons, this hardly seems worth it.
I don't see anyone offering Harrison anything close to what he's currently making on the open market, so Marvin will be taking a pay cut one way or another for next season. Why leave Peyton Manning & Tom Moore, arguably the best in the business, for the unknown?
If I was a Colts fan this would leave a sour taste in my mouth. Personally, I would have been upset if Rod Smith had ended his career in another uniform. I believe Smith was asked to take a pay cut toward the end of his career, and he obliged, recognizing his declining skills didn't warrant the lofty cap number.
Harrison has seen a steep decline in his numbers the last couple seasons, due to injuries & Reggie Wayne taking his place as Peyton's No. 1 option. Take a look at the last five years:
2004: 16 GP 86 Rec 1116 Yards 12.9 avg 15 TD
2005: 15 GP 82 Rec 1146 Yards 14.0 avg 12 TD
2006: 16 GP 95 Rec 1366 Yards 14.4 avg 12 TD
2007: 5 GP 20 Rec 247 Yards 12.4 avg 1 TD
2008: 15 GP 60 Rec 636 Yards 10.6 avg 5 TD
Who wants to remember Jerry Rice as a Raider or Seahawk? Not even fans of those teams. I'm guessing Marvin's next stop will be completely forgettable once his career has run its course.
I think the Colts will be fine, with Anthony Gonzalez waiting in the wings. They can spend a middling draft pick on a receiver and be ready to go. As for Marvin, I think he ends up with his hometown team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
If Plaxico can't play next season, the Giants may also take a look. I would expect his 2009 numbers to look something like this: 14 GP 47 Rec 525 Yards 11.1 avg 3 TD.
Marvin could have spent his entire career with a hall of fame QB & the same team, something you don't see every day. He & his agent have other ideas, which is a shame for the Indianapolis Colts & their fans.
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