Friday, July 3, 2009

Marvin's return considered a stretch

We may have seen the last of Marvin Harrison not just in a Colts uniform, but in any uniform. Following two disappointing, injury-marred seasons in which he ranked No. 100 and No. 42, respectively, this should come as no surprise.

What's surprising is that talent evaluators around the league have the future Hall of Famer rated below such mediocre free agents as Amani Toomer and Joe Horn.

Frankly, I'd hate to see Marvelous Marvin playing out his final year(s) for another team, joining the likes of Brett Favre, Emmitt Smith, Joe Namath and others who didn't know when to hang 'em up. Retire, Marvin, and go enjoy the good life! We'll see you in Canton in five years!

Also on the wire today, the Brandon Marshall saga continues in Denver. The team is reportedly not making any trade offers, but they'll listen to any team that has an offer for their troubled All Pro WR. Word is, they want a 2010 first-rounder to replace the one they traded away in order to move up in this year's draft.

If Marshall is traded -- a big if, to be sure -- Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley would likely compete for the starting job opposite Eddie Royal. And right now, Gaffney appears to have the edge. You'll recall Gaffney as the sometimes brilliant, other times invisible target of Tom Brady in New England.

But honestly, how excited can you get about either Gaffney or Stokley as Kyle Orton's No. 2? I'm not even sure I like Royal's prospects this year, and I love Royal!

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