Anthony Gonzalez Injured: Should the Colts Sign Marvin Harrison?

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIISeptember 13, 2009

During Sunday's 14-12 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez suffered a strained knee ligament that should take him out of action anywhere from two to six weeks.

Which means that someone has to now fill the void that will be left in the wake of Gonzalez's absence.

The Colts could always allow Pierre Garcon or Austin Collie to take Gonzalez's position, or they could decide to go a different route.

Unfortunately for the Colts, it is against team policy to sign anyone who wasn't drafted by the team.

There have been very few exceptions to this rule so they might feel as though they are pushing the envelope enough with Adam Vinatieri as it is.

Then there is Marvin Harrison.

After being released by the Colts earlier this year, he has yet to find himself a new home, and with every day that passes, I find it more and more unlikely that he will find a team to play for.

Besides in the event that a team loses a starting wide receiver to injury then...

Wait a moment, that's exactly what we're talking about.

Bringing Marvin Harrison back to Indianapolis might seem like a no-brainer to most people, but a number of things must happen if there is to be any chance of that.

Marvin needs to want to play, let’s make that clear right off the bat.

I have yet to see any indication that would make me think that he has any overwhelming amount of interest to still play football.

Other teams might not have been that interested in signing him, but Marvin has yet to show much interest in playing himself.

While he has always been known to be one of the most reclusive players in the league, it wouldn't take much to deliver a sound-bite, make a public statement, or heck, even tweet.

But Marvin has been about as silent as one can be, almost to the point in which I would have to question whether or not he still exists.

Okay, that might be pushing it.

In any event, the most important aspect to this equation is whether or not the Colts are interested in Marvin Harrison.

He refused to take a pay-cut and opted to try his luck elsewhere after the end of the 2008 season.

Marvin has had no such luck.

I personally would welcome back Marvin Harrison with open arms.

He has a great deal of experience and if nothing else, could provide knowledge to our hungry young receiving core.

I am also not convinced that he has physically lost every bit of the ability that has made him the league's second all-time leading receiver.

The thing is, no one should expect to see the Marvin Harrison of old.

Although this might be a matter of public knowledge or common sense, Marvin is not the same player he used to be.

But that's fine; I don't expect him to be.

I wouldn't put it past Marvin to be able to rack up 800, 900, maybe even 1,000 yards receiving.

The single largest determining factor in this regard (provided he has a team to play for) would be Marvin's hunger and willingness to compete.

He cannot sit on the bench depressed because he can't catch 10 passes a game anymore.

He cannot sit on the bench looking disgusted while Reggie Wayne is torching opposing defenses.

Marvin Harrison would have to be willing to swallow his pride and contribute what he can to the team. Whatever that might be, I feel that he would be worth his asking price if he decided to get reasonable.

If Marvin Harrison were willing to come back to the Colts for a salary no larger than that of a Pierre Garcon or Austin Collie, I say that it wouldn't hurt so long as Marvin can prove to us that he is still passionate about playing football.

That however is a pretty big "if" and it is big enough for me to question the likelihood of this event ever occurring.

While on paper it might sound good to the fans or to NFL Network's "expert analysts", it just doesn't seem likely to me.

We have no idea what kind of condition the 37-year old receiver is in, we have no idea whether or not he has even trained to prepare for playing football this season, we have no idea if he would be passionate enough if he did get to play this year, and we have no idea whether or not he would be willing to play for a reasonable salary.

Being that clueless in regards to what might or might not be a good idea does not seem like solid ground to get our hopes up at this point.