Harrison instead asked for his release and plans to test the market for his worth.
Colts GM Bill Polian released this statement.
"We today have released Marvin Harrison because of salary cap
"Marvin let us know his preference was to be released. Both Jim Irsay and I
felt very strongly that after Marvin’s long and dedicated service to the Colts,
we would, in this painful circumstance, be guided by Marvin’s wishes."
"This is a sad day for the Colts. Marvin Harrison, in addition to being a
certain Hall of Famer, has been a good friend, model professional and a loyal
and dedicated teammate. His record-setting achievements brought about by immense
talent, work ethic and dignified professional demeanor have thrilled Colts fans
for a generation. Marvin today takes his place alongside Raymond Berry, forming
the greatest receiving tandem in Colts history. He will, in due time, join
Raymond in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and take his rightful place with the
greatest players in the history of the game."
"On behalf of his legion of fans in Indianapolis and his many friends and
admirers in the Colts organization, Jim Irsay and I sincerely thank Marvin for
all he has done for us. We wish him every blessing and success in the
"When Marvin’s playing career comes to an end, we look forward to bringing
him “Home” to Indianapolis, installing him in the Ring of Honor and joining all
his fans in thanking him and celebrating his remarkable career."
"Godspeed Marvin, we will miss you."