May 10, 2024; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a pass during rookie minicamp at the teams Tempe Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals first-round pick Marvin Harrison Jr. signs contract

Arizona Cardinals first-round draft pick Marvin Harrison Jr. signed his four-year rookie contract on Thursday.

The team announced the signing but not the terms for the wide receiver, who was selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Multiple reports said the fully guaranteed deal is worth $35.3 million with a signing bonus of $22.5 million and includes the standard team option for a fifth season.

Harrison is the highest-drafted pick to sign his contract. No. 1 Caleb Williams (Chicago), No. 2 Jayden Daniels (Washington) and No. 3 Drake Maye (New England) have yet to do so.

“It’s my first job,” Harrison said with a smile. “Ever since I got here, I’ve been telling people I’m going to work — it’s not practice anymore.”

Harrison shredded the Big Ten for 155 receptions, 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons. He set the Buckeyes’ career record with 15 100-yard receiving games.

He was a back-to-back All-American in 2022 and 2023 and a Heisman Trophy finalist last year.

–Field Level Media

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. poses after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the No. 4 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Fanatics sues Marvin Harrison Jr.

Sports collectibles and apparel merchandiser Fanatics is suing wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., alleging breach of contract, multiple outlets reported.

The lawsuit was filed Saturday in New York Supreme Court against Harrison, who was selected No. 4 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in last month’s NFL Draft.

Per a Sunday report from The Athletic, Harrison initially signed a limited, non-exclusive promotion and license agreement with Fanatics while he played for Ohio State. The parties then negotiated a longer contract with Harrison, which included what the filing called “significant” compensation, with both sides signing off on it in May 2023.

In the lawsuit, reviewed by The Athletic, Fanatics charges that Harrison hasn’t lived up to his end of the contract, despite receiving paychecks last August and October, and that he has denied he had an agreement with the company.

While details of the purported agreement, including his contractual obligations, were redacted in the suit, ESPN reported that a source earlier this month said Harrison agreed to signing autographs and trading cards, providing game-worn apparel and “other marketing opportunities.” The Athletic said Harrison has ignored requests from Fanatics to fulfill that the company says exists.

Fanatics is seeking a jury trial and estimates in potential losses as totaling “millions of dollars.”

Harrison also has not yet signed the NFL Players Association’s group licensing agreement, which is holding up the sale of his licensed jerseys and other memorabilia.

Anyone itching to buy Harrison gear can do so at The Official Harrison Collection, a website that sells autographed jerseys, helmets, photos, mini-helmets and such. There also are limited items signed by his father, Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison Sr., on the site.

–Field Level Media

Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams (QB14) during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QBs Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels headline NFL draft attendees

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels are among the 13 prospects who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit.

Completing the quarterback contingent at the draft, set for April 25-27, is Drake Maye of North Carolina. Williams (Southern California), Daniels (LSU) and Maye should have a short wait to hear their names called, with all three expected to be taken within the first handful of picks.

Quarterback JJ McCarthy (Michigan), who has risen up the draft boards this spring and is in the running for a top-10 pick, won’t be on hand.

Four wide receivers also will be present in Detroit. Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State), Malik Nabers (LSU) and Rome Odunze (Washington) all likely will be selected in the top half of the first round, with Brian Thomas Jr. (LSU) also in the mix.

The other offensive player confirmed for Detroit is offensive tackle J.C. Latham (Alabama).

On the defensive side of the ball, edge rushers Darius Robinson (Missouri), Laiatu Latu (UCLA) and Dallas Turner (Alabama) have said they will be there. Robinson grew up in suburban Detroit.

Cornerbacks Terrion Arnold (Alabama) and Quinyon Mitchell (Toledo) also accepted the NFL’s invitations.

The Chicago Bears have the No. 1 pick in the draft and are expected to select Williams, likely beginning a run on quarterbacks with the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots scheduled to follow the Bears.

–Field Level Media

Mar 4, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka tosses a ball to Marvin Harrison Jr. at the start of spring practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Bears host Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

Ohio State wideout Marvin Harrison Jr. visited the Chicago Bears at Halas Hall on Monday, representing one of the franchise’s “top 30” visits permitted by the NFL prior to the April 25 draft.

Harrison is projected as a top-10 selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. The debate of the No. 1 receiver in the class centers on LSU’s Malik Nabers, who has also visited the Bears, and Harrison, the progeny of Pro Football Hall of Famer and longtime Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

The younger Harrison shredded the Big Ten for 155 receptions, 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons. He set the Buckeyes’ career record with 15 100-yard receiving games.

He was a back-to-back All-American in 2022 and 2023 and a Heisman Trophy finalist last year, but Harrison has been mostly idle on the pre-draft circuit. He didn’t run at the Scouting Combine or his pro day but most teams reserve the right to request a complete workout when prospects visit the team facility.

The Bears hold the first and ninth picks in the first round with most of the doubt around the No. 1 pick erased as Chicago continues to signal USC quarterback Caleb Williams is the selection, barring a significant trade offer.

–Field Level Media

Jul 21, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. lifts during a summer workout at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center prior to the start of fall camp.

Marvin Harrison Jr. skipping pro day at Ohio State

Marvin Harrison Jr. is skipping pro day at Ohio State on Wednesday, Sports Illustrated reported.

Expected to be the No. 1 wide receiver selected in the 2024 NFL Draft next month, Harrison met with nine teams at the NFL Scouting Combine and asked whether they wanted to see him in a pro day workout, per the report. All said no.

Harrison did not work out at the Combine, either, and is continuing to train in Columbus, Ohio, for his NFL career.

Harrison spent three seasons at Ohio State and caught 155 passes for 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns. He set the Buckeyes’ career record with 15 100-yard receiving games.

He was a back-to-back All-American in 2022 and 2023 and a Heisman Trophy finalist last year.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) looks on during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Buckeyes WR Marvin Harrison Jr. declares for NFL Draft

Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. made it official Thursday and declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Heisman Trophy finalist and son of Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison announced his decision on social media.

“To Buckeye Nation, the love I received from you all in the Shoe and on the road will be moments I cherish forever, and I hope I left lasting memories for you on the field,” he wrote. “I appreciate the support these past three years. Buckey for life.”

As a junior in 2023, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Harrison caught 67 passes for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games. He won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver, finished fourth in the Heisman voting and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

The two-time consensus All-American finishes his career in Columbus with 155 receptions for 2,613 yards (16.9-yard average) and 31 touchdowns in 38 games.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. makes a catch against Michigan defensive backs Quinten Johnson and Mike Sainristil during the second half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023.

Marvin Harrison Jr.: NFL draft decision not yet made

Marvin Harrison Jr., a Heisman Trophy finalist and almost-certain top five draft pick, told reporters Thursday that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll enter the 2024 NFL Draft or return to Ohio State for his final season.

Harrison, after all, has unfinished business in Columbus.

“I want to beat the team up north and win a Big Ten Championship,” the star wide receiver said.

After 15 wins in 16 annual games between 2004 and 2019, the Buckeyes have lost three straight to Michigan. The Wolverines beat the previously undefeated Buckeyes in the final week of the regular season, with Michigan headed to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed and Ohio State to the Cotton Bowl against Missouri.

Harrison’s comments came as rumors swirl that he and running back TreVeyon Henderson could receive big name, image and likeness compensation to return in 2024.

He apparently isn’t in a hurry to decide which path to take.

“There will be a time and place for that,” he said.

For now, he’s still remembering the lost opportunity to beat Michigan after the 30-24 loss on Nov. 25.

“I think incomplete is a way you could describe it,” he said of his Buckeyes’ career.

With no decision on the NFL draft comes no decision on whether Harrison will play in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 in Dallas.

On Wednesday, Harrison was named the Associated Press Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus All-American in 2022, Harrison is the first Ohio State receiver with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in school history.

This season, Harrison made 67 catches for 1,211 yards with 14 touchdowns in 12 games. In 2022, he amassed 1,263 yards with 14 scores in 13 games.

–Field Level Media