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Titans Not Disclosing Anything On Possible Marvin Harrison Signing

NFL News - August 25th, 2009 - Written by Jimmy

marvin harrisonWith a rash of injuries and other mishaps, at the wide receiver position, the Tennessee Titans are rumored to be considering the acquisition of veteran wide receiver Marvin Harrison. However, the Titans' Head Coach, Jeff Fisher, denies that any talks have or will take place with Harrison, leaving us to wonder what the Titans will do.

Last week, after a DUI arrest, the Titans decided to part ways with receiver Chris Davis, which left the Titans a man down in the receiving corps. Then, on Monday, the Titans were dealt another blow, this time losing free agent acquisition Nate Washington, who is joining the Titans after winning a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Washington went down with a hamstring injury in Monday's practice, and it is unknown whether or not Washington will be at 100% for the Titans' first regular season game against the defending champion Steelers.

With the advent of these two blows, the Titans are forced into a position to bolster their receiving corps. At this point in the season, almost every one has been signed, except for veteran wide out Marvin Harrison. Harrison spent his last 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, and was cut from the team due to salary restrictions. Basically, Harrison had been with the Colts for his entire career while amassing over 14,000 yards receiving, along with 128 touchdown receptions. At one point, Harrison was regarded as the best receiver, in the game, that nobody knew about. Harrison spent much of his career out of the spotlight, all while compiling Hall of Fame worthy statistics quietly.

Is there any doubt that Marvin Harrison can help the Titans? No. The addition of a veteran, such as Harrison, would no doubt be a great asset to the Titans. Harrison has been the consummate professional, and his past experience could really help mold the Titans' wide receivers. Should Harrison join the Titans, he would be on the other end of passes thrown by another veteran, QB Kerry Collins.

In the 2008 campaign, Collins was able to lead the Titans to a 12-3 record, in games which he started. Collins found much success while leading the team to it's first ever AFC South division title. In 2008, running the ball seemed to be theme, but the Titans must diversify their offense in order to reach the same level of success achieved in 2008. In that '08 season, Collins completed 58.3% of his passes for 2,676 yards, along with 12 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions. Collins played well but was limited by the capabilities of his receivers. For that reason, it only makes perfect sense to bring in Marvin Harrison.

Should the Titans pass on Harrison, it is likely he would land in Chicago. Tony Dungy, Harrison's ex-Head Coach, has been lobbying Bears' Head Coach, Lovie Smith, to bring Harrison in. "I think he definitely can play, and I would encourage Lovie to sign him if they had an opening," Dungy said.

At this time, Titans' brass aren't disclosing anything. No information is coming out of the Titans nor Marvin Harrison's camp. We will be sure to let you know as soon as something happens with this situation.

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