ESPNews reports the Indianapolis Colts have released wide receiver Marvin Harrison.
The perennial Pro Bowl receiver has seen his skills decline in the last couple of seasons. In 2008, Harrison caught 60 passes for 636 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games, which was his lowest receiving yard total in his career when he played at least 12 games. His 247 yards in 2007 came in only five games because of injury. He did not have a 100-yard receiving game last season and caught more than five passes in a game just three times. The Colts were trying to restructure Harrison's deal to try to keep him with the team but the two sides could not agree to an altered deal.
Harrison, 37 in August, likely won't be the No. 1 wide receiver for the team he signs with, and there is a chance he may not even be a No. 2. In addition, he'll likely be learning a new offense after spending his career in Indianapolis. Harrison's value will depend largely on where he signs, and he shouldn't be judged any better an option than he was last year, even if he falls into a favorable situation.
The players on the Colts who will benefit the most from the transaction likely will be wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark. They likely will see a majority of the receptions that Harrison caught last season. Both should be top fantasy options at their respective positions.
Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez could also receive a boost, provided he wins the starting job opposite Wayne. However, his skill set appears to better fit the slot position. At this point, he should be considered a weak No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver entering fantasy drafts next season. Free agency hasn't even hit, however, so the Colts could still bring in at least one more receiver. As such, fantasy value, especially Gonzalez's, could change significantly by the time camp rolls around.
With just five receptions and 32 yards combined between them, receivers Pierre Garcon and Roy Hall should not be touched in any fantasy drafts.
About Tim Piotrowski
Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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