As the offseason progresses, Gang Green Nation will take a look at potential ways to improve the club. Today we will explore signing Marvin Harrison.
Profile: Harrison has compiled one of the most storied careers for a receiver in NFL history. His 1,102 receptions put him only behind Jerry Rice. Harrison has gone over the century mark four times, including an incredible 143 reception 2002 campaign. He hit double digits for touchdowns eight times. He also has eight seasons over 1,000 receiving yards, five of which he exceeded 1,300. The eight time All Pro and eight time Pro Bowler formed one of the greatest quarterback-receiver duos of all-time in Indianapolis. The pair holds the NFL record for most completions and most touchdowns from one quarterback to one wideout. After thirteen years and a Super Bowl title with the Colts, Harrison was released by the team.
Why It Makes Sense: Harrison has not been the same since a 2007 knee injury cost him 11 games. That cost him his explosiveness. He still can be an asset for a team, though. He had 60 receptions and 636 yards in 2008. While no longer a deep threat because of his knee, Marvin remains one of the most crisp route runners to ever play the game. As a possession receiver in an offense built around short passes, he can be a reasonably effective option. He could serve as an insurance policy in case neither Chansi Stuckey nor David Clowney is starting material and could be an excellent mentor for either. A washed up Harrison still is a better option than sending Brad Smith out at receiver in spread sets. If the Jets can get him for cheap to compete for a starting job, it would be well worth exploring.
Odds of Happening: The problem with the above is Harrison was not amenable to a reduced role and a paycut in Indianapolis. Otherwise, the Colts would have found a way to keep him. His reputation will make some team give him more than he is worth in addition to a guaranteed role. Harrison only makes sense for a low cost deal competing for the starting job. Giving him what he wants would be a foolish risk of resources. This makes a signing unlikely.