It has been 44 days; 44 days ago, Marvin Harrison, the all-time receiving leader for the Indianapolis Colts, was released.
And he still hasn't found a team that will pick him up.
Marvin Harrison, at times, was the best receiver the National Football League has ever had. I keep remembering those acrobatic catches that seemed to defy nature itself and just amazement at how fast his reactions were when he caught balls off his own teammates.
He has, however, lost a step and since he is 36 years old, teams are reluctant to pick up the talented receiver.
I still think that an aged Marvin Harrison is more deadly than a lot of young receivers, but apparently the NFL disagrees.
The Colts wanted to keep their player, but they wanted him to restructure his contract so he could have less of an impact on the salary cap.
Harrison's contract was set to have counted $13.4 million against the year's salary cap, and the Colts needed that money.
Yet, in an action that still confuses me, Harrison asked to be released instead of admitting that he is not a spring chicken anymore.
Well Marvin, are you ready to admit it now?
Look to the left. Look to the right.
Marvin, do you see anything, because I don't. I don't see anything that resembles a contract offer.
Go home dude. No, not to Philadelphia (his hometown), to Indianapolis. Your best friend is missing you. You have so many memories together, do you want to throw that away because of some sinful pride?
Go back to the Colts. Take the pay-cut, suit up, beat Cris Carter in all-time touchdowns, and retire in a year or two.
It is far better to finish with the team you've been with for years than retire unwanted.
The Colts have stated that they want Harrison back. Even though Harrison will be used primarily as a slot receiver, that actually would be an advantage for Harrison since the slot is usually handled by the third best cornerback.
How many third string cornerbacks can go toe to toe with Marvin Harrison? My money says few if any.
So many players are not retiring with their teams. Marvin Harrison has the chance to stay a Colt forever. To make it so that history says, "Marvin Harrison played his entire career with the Colts."
Of course there is a third option. Marvin Harrison could retire.
Since his last game was in a blue and while uniform with a horseshoe on his helmet, he could retire officially as a Colt right now. True, he wouldn't be able to beat Cris Carter on the all-time touchdown list, but he has a Hall of Fame career.
Raise your hand if you do not think Marvin Harrison is a Hall of Famer?
To those of you who raised your hands, I must ask you to seek medical attention because you have lost your minds.
He has 1102 receptions, 128 touchdown catches, eight Pro Bowls, three time first-team All-Pro, only 12 fumbles over a 13-year career, and holds the record for most catches in a season with 143.
That is an average of 8.9 catches a game. Think about how hard that is for a few moments.
The guy whose record he beaten was Herman Moore, who had 123 catches in a season, 20 more catches than the next leader.
This man is a Hall of Famer without question.
Go back to the Colts Marvin. Eat your crow and go home.
They may not give you as much money as you want, but you'll still get something.