The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a trade that would send wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle Seahawks and in return the Vikings would receive Seattle’s first and seventh round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft and a mid-round pick in the 2014 Draft. The deal is also contingent up Harvin passing a physical.
Harvin has a past with Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who coached Harvin in his rookie year in Minnesota. Harvin was putting up All-Pro numbers last season until he sprained his left ankle November 4th, ironically in Seattle. Harvin led the NFL in total yards (rushing, receiving and return yards) before getting hurt and unfortunately could not overcome the setback and was placed on injured reserve a month later bringing his season to an end.
All parties involved are silent due to NFL rules that say teams are not allowed to comment on trades or free agent deals until the beginning of the new league year which is Tuesday afternoon. With this trade, Seattle quarterback and playmaker, Russell Wilson, will now have another playmaker in Harvin who gains a majority of his yards after first contact.
His departure from Minnesota will only add to the void the Vikings need to fill. The timing of this trade leads one to believe that the Vikings were not in a favorable position, despite the general manager Rick Spielman saying several times the organization had, “no intent” to trade Harvin. Last June19 Harvin expressed his dissatisfaction with “some things” about the team. There seemed to be some uncertainty on how to work Harvin into the offensive and keep him healthy. He played several roles in the Vikings offense; becoming a running back, kickoff returner and receiver but Christain Ponder struggling passing the ball as the quarterback.
Harvin will enter the fifth and final season of his rookie deal with a $2.9 million salary that’s under the market value for a player of his caliber. This move will give the Vikings more room under the salary cap to go after a free agent that becomes available as the new season begins Tuesday. Two of the most valuable free agents this year will be Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace which will be more of the costlier acquisitions. I believe Wallace will stand to be one the few free agents who will demand and receive $10 million or more signing with a team.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll spoke of Harvin last October said before the Vikings- Seahawks matchup,
”He’s so good you just have to showcase him, and that’s what they’re doing,” and added “He’s a fantastic player”.
The Seahawks have now added to their offensive arsenal and if Harvin stays healthy the Seahawks stand to make a push further into the post season.