Favre's return spurs Colts question

August 4, 2008
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Brett Favre is returning to Green Bay today to play for the Packers. This after Packers brass offered to pay him $20 million to stay away.

This got me thinking. Which of the Indianapolis Colts that has retired or otherwise left  the team in recent years would you like to see come back. And which player—if any—on the current roster would you like to see Colts owner Jim Irsay pay to stay away?
  • Ken Dilger!
  • Bring back Big Play Ray.
  • Marvin Harrison. He should have been out for last season and his gift to the Colts was to lose to the Patriots. It is time to find another Colts receive who can catch it and run up field instead of running out of bounds or nose-diving into the turf after every catch.
  • eFan, take a second before we type and say, should I say this because the answer would have been, no.

    First off, he's a Hall of Fame bound player who has missed little to no time in his amazing career.

    Second, you are gripping about 35 year old man taking care of his body and protecting it from big hits. Why take a huge hit when you can get out of bounds and play a few extra years. He's a smart player because of the.

    We have another young WR that is learning from and filling in nicely for Marv... Anthony Gonzalez. Marv has a couple years left and will step away and Gonzo will be that next threat.

    As for the Patriots gift. Give us a break with that garbage. We had a 10 point lead going into the 4th. Had a sure Reggie TD go through his hands and a sure-INT bounce off Haydens chest. We outplayed them for 90% of that game. Marvin had NOTHING to do with that either for or against us that game. We played well and gave it away late.

    And a little ironic how he is the 1 of the few key (HOF bound) Colts in Camp. He's older and doesn't heal as quick. Plus the Bursa Sac was infected and formed a cyst to complicate things. Yet, he's one of the main ones back and by all accounts looks GREAT.
  • They could put Marvin's bust right next to Franco Harris' in Canton. There were also howls that Franco ducked out of bounds, just to save his body. From a football player's perspective, I'd call that good business.
  • CreamCrimson: You probably think it's a good idea that Brett Favre is returning to the Packers, too. Mark my words, Marvin Harrison will not have an impact on this season because he is going to be watching the games from the IR List. Gonzo is going to cast a long shadow on Marvin Harrison this season.
  • eFan. I actually think Favre has completely tarnished the swan song days of his career and put his team in a terrible spot, but thanks anyways. Both the Pack and Favre have completely botched this situation.

    But why so black and white. Is Marving the annual Pro-Bowler with a 26 year old step? No. Is he a feared and potent WR on a team with loaded weapons besides him? YES! A BIG YES!

    His experience, his route running, and his hands are still there. Years of a nearly telepathic relationship with Manning cannot be understated. Will he be the Marv of Old, probably not. But he had an unfortunate and nagging injury that is finally healed.

    Your speculation and wishful demise of Marvin is your own morbid fascination. He has 1 injury plagued year and you make him walk the plank. He isn't the #1 anymore, but that is the best thing for him. The pressure is off him. He just needs to go in and put in solid minutes, play a solid veteran role, even be a decoy, and NOT BE A LEAD BLOCKER ON THE STRONG SIDE FOR A SPREAD RUN PLAY (that was dumb and the cause of this whole thing). He's earned a little bit of flexibility and fan support during a tough year he had.

    Ease up on Marvin before you even see him play this season. Every report claims he's looking really good, cutting well, and as speedy as ever. It was a bursa sac cyst not an ACL. Nagging, not debilitating.

    And I hope Gonzo starts to carry the torch for Marvin, he's what 10 years younger and could be a long-term Colt. Marvin has had his time and will one day step away... not today though.

    Enjoy it, don't cast pessimistic projections against the positive reports. Marvin only has a few more years left so why cast him aside? He doesn't deserve that at all.
  • CC: Just wanted to see how much you care. I'm impressed by your loyalty, keep it up!
  • Send Kenton Keith packing, and give his spot to Mike Hart.

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