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Colts Owner Still Wants Marvin Harrison

Feb 24, 2009 – 10:15 AM
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The Marvin Harrison saga in Indianapolis rolls on. Beginning Sunday night, Harrison reportedly refused to take a pay cut from his gargantuan salary, and then reportedly asked for his outright release. The discussions seemingly ended Monday evening when sources reported the Colts would grant Harrison's request and let him walk.

Tuesday morning, however, a new wrinkle was added in the ongoing Indianapolis drama. Jim Irsay, the Colts' owner, really doesn't want Harrison to leave. Thus, he's staging a last-ditch effort to retain the best receiver in franchise history.
"Marvin and I are talking Tuesday at mid-afternoon and we'll see where we go from there,'' Irsay said. "I'm not going to start talking like he's not here, because nothing's been determined officially by any stretch.''

Asked if it still were possible for Harrison to remain with the Colts, Irsay replied, "Definitely.''
Irsay also went on to insinuate that reports to this point were not false at all. It's just that he's now talking to Harrison man-to-man without general manager Bill Polian involved.

Look, it's nice that Irsay feels bad about the situation -- he even mentions how Harrison joined the Colts right when he was taking over ownership of the team -- but Harrison's the one who is going to have to make concessions here. Whether you agree with the NFL's salary structure, it is what it is. In this system, keeping Marvin Harrison at his current price makes absolutely zero sense for the Colts.

On the other hand, if Irsay is good a enough buddy of Harrison's to convince him to stay for a reduced rate, it would be nice sentiment to have him finish his career in the same uniform he's worn for the entirety of it. Seriously, how weird would it be to see him wearing something other than blue and white on Sundays?
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