Starvin' Marvin: If Harrison's Hungry To Get Back Out There, Chicago May Help

Marco Scola@@Marco_ScolaContributor IIIAugust 25, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Marvin Harrison #88 of the Indianapolis Colts walks on the field during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 28, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Nearly two weeks ago, when appearing on the "Waddle & Silvy Show" (an ESPN Radio program in Chicago), former Colts Head Coach, Tony Dungy stated, "I think he definitely can play, and I would encourage [Bears Head Coach] Lovie [Smith] to sign him if they had an opening."

According to an undisclosed source of mine, that encouragement from Tony Dungy may have worked on Coach Lovie Smith as the Bears have offered Marvin a contract to play for the Bears in 2009.

Smith, however, has not publicly commented on whether or not the Bears would be interested in signing the eight-time Pro Bowler. 

Tony Dungy coached Harrison during his seven-year tenure with the Indianapolis Colts, during that time the Colts appeared in several AFC Championship games, and won Super Bowl XLI. Dungy retired as head coach of the Colts on January 12, 2009, Harrison elected free agency just a few weeks afterwards.

Harrison, who has racked up 128 touchdown catches and 14,580 yards receiving yards throughout his career, has also reportedly visited several other clubs including the Tennessee Titans, but none of them have offered Harrison a contract.

If in fact Harrison joins Chicago, his arrival should make the Bears' offense the best in the NFC North. His ability to stretch the field will allow for quarterback Jay Cutler to throw deep passes to him, as well as freeing up the middle for short throws to tight end Greg Olsen and dump-off passes to running back Matt Forte

It is likely that Harrison would want to join a team that best fits his style of play, and gives him a chance to win another Super Bowl. In that case, Chicago could be the best place for Marvin Harrison to end his already astounding career.

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