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Originally published Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM


Marvin Harrison, Lawyer Milloy to become free agents

Receiver Marvin Harrison and ex-Washington Huskies safety Lawyer Milloy are among the players who will have a chance to pursue options when free agency starts Friday.

Receiver Marvin Harrison and ex-Washington Huskies safety Lawyer Milloy are among the players who will have a chance to pursue options when free agency starts Friday.

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to release their all-time receiving leader, said Harrison's agent, Tom Condon. Harrison, 36, declined to take a pay cut and the Colts concluded they couldn't afford to keep him without reducing his pay.

Indianapolis will save about $6 million, based on Harrison's base salary. But many Colts fans are likely to miss the man who has 1,102 receptions to rank second on the league's all-time list, behind Jerry Rice.

Meanwhile, Milloy — a four-time Pro Bowl performer — will not be returning to the Atlanta Falcons.

Milloy, 35, was a standout at Lincoln High School in Tacoma before playing for the Huskies and has expressed a desire to finish his career with the Seahawks. He would be reunited with coach Jim Mora.

Milloy's first season with Atlanta was 2006, which was Mora's final season as coach of the Falcons.

Eller is sentenced to 60 days in jail

MINNEAPOLIS — Carl Eller, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman who had his best years for the Minnesota Vikings before playing for the Seahawks in 1979, left a Hennepin County courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving 60 days in the workhouse.

District Court Judge Daniel Mabley refused a request from defense lawyer Albert Goins that Eller be given 24 hours to get his affairs in order. The judge declined, saying the 67-year-old Eller, who is black, had called the court and police corrupt, racist and biased.

"I have to send a message that I do not find credible what he has asserted," Mabley said. "The best way I can do that is to take him into custody."

The duration of the sentence and immediate jailing of Eller surprised many in the courtroom.

In April, officers on patrol saw Eller speeding through a stop sign. Despite sirens and lights on a police car in pursuit, Eller didn't stop and get out of his vehicle until he pulled into his north Minneapolis garage, police say.


Officer Gil Antaya testified about how he and Officer Seth Porras tried to make an arrest but were manhandled by the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Eller, who they said also threatened to kill them. Eller didn't relent until backup arrived, police said.

Eller initially faced four charges, including a felony. But two charges were dropped in an arrangement with prosecutors. He was found guilty of two gross misdemeanors.

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Judith Hawley had asked for a 60-day sentence Eller could serve at home on electronic monitoring.

Eller has filed a federal lawsuit, contending officers violated his civil rights, used excessive force and concealed videotape evidence of his arrest.


• The Oakland Raiders freed $8.3 million in salary-cap room by releasing offensive tackle Kwame Harris, 26, and fullback Justin Griffith, 28.

Harris was due a $6 million roster bonus early next week. He was replaced in the starting lineup late last season by Mario Henderson, 24.

Dan Orlovsky, 25, said he thinks free agency will be better for him than accepting a contract to be a backup quarterback for the Detroit Lions, who were winless last season.

"I'm pretty confident that I'm going to get a better offer," he said.

Orlovsky said Lions officials told him he would be backing up Daunte Culpepper, 32.

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