by Matt Snyder
Earlier today, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk laid out the Colts' options in regards to surefire Hall-of-Famer Marvin Harrison. The basic gist of the situation is that either Harrison is going to be paid a ton more than he's worth to play for the Colts in 2009, or the Colts can cut him and save $7 million in cap space. This is a big deal because the Colts are scheduled to be significantly over the salary cap as it stands. They need to save money.
Honestly, I don't even see an alternative other than to cut Harrison. Yes, he's been to the Pro Bowl eight times and has shattered pretty much every receiving record in franchise history. He's part of the most prolific passer-to-receiver combination in the history of the NFL with three-time MVP Peyton Manning. That's fine, but this is no time for nostalgia.
The window of opportunity for the Colts to win more championships in the Bill Polian/Manning era is dwindling. Polian's shown the penchant to move on in the past -- by letting Edgerrin James walk, for example -- and now it's time to do so again.