Colts let receiver Harrison go

The Baltimore Sun

The Indianapolis Colts have released Marvin Harrison, ending the star wide receiver's 13-year stay with the team.

Colts owner Jim Irsay announced the move yesterday after meeting with Harrison in a final effort to re-sign the franchise's career receiving leader.

Agent Tom Condon said a day earlier that the Colts had agreed to release Harrison after he declined a pay cut. Harrison, who will turn 37 in August, had the highest salary-cap number of any NFL receiver at $13.4 million.

Harrison, who is second in NFL career receptions, is coming off the least productive season in which he was not injured. Cutting him could save the Colts about $6 million on next season's salary cap.

Michael Crabtree: : : The top-rated receiver in this year's draft, told NFL Network there was only a "50-50" chance he would run for scouts next month. On Saturday, Crabtree was diagnosed a stress fracture in his left foot and doctors recommended surgery to insert a screw. Rehabilitation is expected to take 10 weeks or more, likely meaning Crabtree wouldn't be able to work out for scouts before the April draft. On Sunday, he said he would delay surgery until after his personal workout.

Fred Taylor: : The running back got a head start on the NFL free agency period, visiting with the Bills. Taylor, released last week by the Jaguars, was also scheduled to meet with the Patriots later in the day.

Raiders: : Oakland released veteran tackle Kwame Harris and fullback Justin Griffith, freeing more than $8 million in salary cap space. Harris, a first-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2003, joined the Raiders as a free agent last year. He would have collected a $6 million roster bonus had he remained with the team. Griffith, who tore up a knee against the Ravens on Oct. 26, would have counted just over $1 million against the cap.

Union: : The NFL Players Association has retained a lawyer to determine whether one of its leading candidates to become executive director - Troy Vincent - revealed confidential information about player agents.

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