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News » Harrison's 13-year run with Colts comes to an end


Harrison's 13-year run with Colts comes to an end


Harrison's 13-year run with Colts comes to an end
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts released Marvin Harrison on Tuesday, ending the star receiver's 13 years with the team.


Colts owner Jim Irsay grudgingly honored Harrison's request to be released after meeting with him in a final effort to re-sign the franchise's career receiving leader.

Harrison would have counted $13.4 million against the cap in 2009, the highest of any NFL receiver. Although Indianapolis wanted to restructure Harrison's contract, Polian said there was no feasible way to do it. Agent Tom Condon said a day earlier that Harrison declined a pay cut.

He was second in NFL career receptions. He turns 37 in August and was coming off the least productive season of his career in which he was not injured. Cutting him could save the Colts about $6 million on next season's salary cap.

Team officials turned the news conference to announce Harrison's release — the receiver didn't attend — into an emotional tribute to one of the most identifiable players in the franchise's Indianapolis era.

They took turns recounting stories that stretched back more than a decade. Irsay's halting words at the start and team president Bill Polian's reddened eyes at the end were indicative of how hard it was to let go of one of the best receivers in NFL history.

"I've always treasured the time I've had with him because I respected him so much as a person," Polian said. "He worked so hard at his craft, he was always so prepared and he did every little thing he could to win. And he did it with quiet dignity, superb professionalism and with a sense of contribution to the team, that really is second to none."

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