The Impact Of a Savvy Veteran, Marvin Harrison To The Vikings?

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IJuly 18, 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)

There have been rumblings that future hall-of-famer Marvin Harrison is potentially on his way to the Vikings, a team that he could potentially end his tremendous career with.

Many believe that Harrison needs to just hang up the cleats and realize that his deed to the NFL is done. I, on the other hand, feel that this would be a foolish move on Marvin's part.

Marvin has played in the NFL since 1996, when he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. His college days were spent at the university of Syracuse. His quarterback at the time was Philadelphia Eagles current quarterback, Donovan McNabb.

Behind only Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison is viewed as the second best receiver that the National Football League has ever seen before. Call me a homer, but I feel that Cris Carter deserves that recognition.

Why wouldn't a team want a player like that on their squad?

Yes, he's past his prime, obviously. But what would it hurt to have a target that can provide a locker room presence? A possible leader to the young receivers?

Answer: Nothing

Minnesota is not desperate for receivers, but they are desperate for a receiver that could teach the other ones the ropes.

Minnesota's receivers are all under 30 years old. Percy Harvin is only 21 years old and is a rookie. He, obviously, could use some teaching. Possibly how to not have an ego problem like that of Brandon Marshall or Terrell Owens.

Many wonder if the Vikings have the money to sign both Marvin Harrison and Brett Favre. They do. The con to this is that it will make it even more difficult to have Antoine Winfield an extension.

Winfield has discussed holding out until he receives a new deal. Minnesota cannot afford to lose him. He has arguable been our best defensive player for the past two years.

If it does come down to this scenario, I would say that the Vikings would say no to having Marvin Harrison on the team.

Marvin is a good player, but he's not something we desperately need. Marvin is more of a player that would sweeten our chances of becoming a super bowl contender.

Minnesota is a team that needs to add pieces to the puzzle in order to bring home their first super bowl trophy in team history. I can't be the only one that is hungry to have the Vikings finally be known as a team that has won a championship.

There is no telling how long Harrison can last. His body is clearly not in the shape it once was, but he could be able to make some sort of an effort. This effort doesn't necessarily have to come on the field, though.

In my opinion, the Vikes should make a move to get Marvin. He's talented and is a great leader in the locker-room. Let's get it done for the right price.