Marvin Harrison Eyes Minnesota Vikings as Brett Favre Signing Draws Near
Brett Favre signing day seems to be coming up on us. We all know it. Favre has surgery, Favre gets a trainer from the Vikings to work with him, Favre buys a house in the Twin Cities—we all see where the road leads.
One thing that remains is the issue of when. When will Favre make the leap and become part of the team that he spent almost half of his natural life as their enemy? Not too long now, that much is certain.
The Vikings will likely make the signing public in the coming weeks, as Vikings single-game tickets for the 2009 season go on sale July 20. With that said, July 12-14 seems the likeliest time for the Vikings to bring the news out.
July 3 would have seemed ideal, with most of the media at home with their families for Independence Day, but the Vikings had to push things back with regards for ticket selling.
Then again, what if there was another reason the Vikings were pushing things back? Maybe some other big news that has been cooking for some time is ready to come forward.
It has been known through the St. Paul Pioneer Press' website www.twincities.com on June 25 (from Charley Walters) that Marvin Harrison has been in contact with the Vikings front office.
With that said, maybe Minnesota is trying to wrap both Favre and Harrison in one fell swoop in order to have, potentially, one of the most dynamic receiving corps in the NFL.
With Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin already sure fits, Harrison would round out the top three receivers and make Minnesota's receiving corps scary. Adrian Peterson would have even more ability to run with defenses afraid to play up with the likes of Favre and Harrison alone on the Vikings offense.
Of course, with that said, the Vikings' position battles for wideout would become a bit more clouded. Sidney Rice and Bobby Wade would be battling for the fourth and fifth spots on the depth chart. With Harrison's injury-prone nature, they may see more time, but not the time they were accustomed to 2007 or 2008.
Aundrae Allison would most likely find himself out of a job, and Jaymar Johnson, the Vikings' sixth-round pick in 2008 who spent last year on the practice squad, would be stuck waiting in line for another season on the practice squad.
The Vikings are looking for a "one-year, low-end" deal. The deal has much less risk than the Favre deal. Harrison is obviously not a top-notch, go-to guy anymore. With that said, he'd be most likely the No. 3 receiver and would probably be a possession receiver.
There's little risk with this deal—a couple million just to see if a legend still has something left in the tank isn't much to risk to see if he's still "for real." Besides, the younger receivers like Johnson, Rice, and even Wade could use the insight of one of the better receivers to ever play the game.
All the same, the Cowboys have also expressed interest in the 12-year veteran receiver. Although Tony Romo would be a great QB to catch passes from, the Vikings are going for a one-hit wonder and trying have the best all-around team.
Harrison has caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns in his 12-year career.
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