Why Detroit Is the Perfect Home for Marvin Harrison

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IAugust 22, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 19:  Wide receiver Marvin Harrison #88 sits on the bench during the game against the Green Bay Packers on October 19, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin. The Packers won 34-14.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Marvin Harrison will be remembered as one of the great receivers of his generation after a long, fantastic career catching balls from Peyton Manning in Indianapolis.

But right now, Harrison is sitting at home, waiting for his phone to ring; the veteran was not brought back by Indy and is now, still, looking for work.

While every team's fans have their own thoughts about Harrison, both as a receiver and in the wake of legal issues last year, there is one team that should have signed him weeks ago.

A marriage between Marvin Harrison and the Detroit Lions makes perfect sense.

Consider, first, the roster they have in place in Detroit. Mike Furrey is gone, leaving Calvin Johnson as their only legit receiver. He's a big, physical deep threat; Harrison is none of those three.

Harrison could be a great compliment to Johnson in their passing game, and they need to fill that void.

But more than just the receiving corps in Detroit needs to be considered. Daunte Culpepper is trying to revitalize a career with the top overall draft pick, Matthew Stafford, pushing him for playing time.

Reality for Culpepper is, with a team that was biblically bad in 2008, the minute the team's out of the playoff picture, his starting days are numbered. He might want a veteran receiver to get the ball to, along with Johnson.

Oh, and the Lions play in a dome; some have questioned Harrison's ability to play outdoors at his age. That's kind of a lay-up, though.

While being a sidekick to Johnson and a weapon for Culpepper are two significant pieces to why Harrison is perfect for Detroit, they barely scratch the surface of why this would work.

Think about the legendary work that Harrison did with Manning in Indianapolis. Together, they built a loser team into one of the most potent offenses in league history. Think of Harrison as much as a teacher as a player.

Harrison could teach Stafford what it took for Manning to become great.

Harrison could be the same mentor to Johnson he was to Reggie Wayne. Wayne's skill set is very similar to Johnson's... except he isn't as big or as fast.

Wayne is now one of the elite receivers in all of football, which is largely why his former teacher, Harrison, is still unemployed.

Harrison could teach the other young pieces on the Detroit offense, like talented young running back Kevin Smith, what work ethic is, and how to be a professional.

Harrison could be the best, more relevant coach on the Detroit staff.

By adding Harrison to the 2009 offense in Detroit, he might make the Lions more competitive in more games.

But by adding Harrison to the 2009 Detroit roster, he could teach them to be elite in 2010 and beyond.