Posted March 11, 2013

Percy Harvin trade a coup for Seattle … and huge gamble by Vikings

Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks
Percy Harvin's move to Seattle could have long-lasting implications in the NFC. (Tom Hauck/AP)

Percy Harvin’s move to Seattle could have long-lasting implications in the NFC. (Tom Hauck/AP)

The Seattle Seahawks finished ninth in the league in points scored last regular season and, in one December stretch, scored 58, 50 and 42 in three consecutive wins — the third over the eventual NFC champion 49ers. That offense became even deadlier Monday, as the Seahawks reportedly agreed to a trade that will bring Percy Harvin to Seattle in exchange for a first- and seventh-round pick in 2013 and a 2014 mid-rounder, as first reported by FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer.

With Russell Wilson thriving as a rookie starter and Marshawn Lynch rushing for 1,590 yards, the Seahawks turned into one of the league’s most explosive teams. And that’s despite not having a receiver top 50 catches (Sidney Rice hit that number on the nose, followed by Golden Tate with 45).
Harvin, meanwhile, hauled in 62 passes in just nine games for the Vikings — an ankle injury sidelined him down the stretch. In four seasons with Minnesota, the electric Harvin averaged nearly 1,800 total yards and was on pace for a 2,400-yard season in 2012 before his injury.

He’ll add another element to Seattle’s already scary attack. Even better for both Harvin and the Seahawks: Harvin will sign a new contract upon arrival, according to ESPN1500.com’s Tom Pelissero. The Vikings’ hesitancy to give Harvin the lucrative, long-term deal he was after left Harvin disgruntled, and the front office flailing heading into this offseason.

Darrell Bevell, the current Seattle offensive coordinator, called plays for Minnesota during Harvin’s first two years, too. Harvin had 2,081 total yards in his rookie season under Bevell, then posted 1,908 in 2010.

Of course, the clear upgrade Harvin provides Seattle’s offense leads to the question: How could Minnesota trade this guy?

It will be a very difficult inquiry for the Vikings to face, even if Seattle returns a loaded haul of draft picks. (Seattle has the 25th pick in Round 1, then the 24th and 25th picks in Rounds 2 and 3, respectively.) ESPN’s John Clayton reported that the Vikings will receive at least one first-round pick from Seattle.

Still, the Vikings already faced the prospect of needing to find another weapon for Christian Ponder. Harvin’s removal from the Minnesota depth chart leaves Greg Childs, Stephen Burton and Jairus Wright as the Vikings’ top three receivers. That trio combined for 27 catches last season, none by Childs.

It almost goes without saying that the Vikings will have to consider using one of their expected two first-round picks in April on a wide receiver — or will have to use those picks as bait to trade up for a playmaker. The Harvin move may also ramp up Minnesota’s interest in some top-flight free-agent receivers, like Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings.

Until the Vikings fill that gaping hole out wide, though, Minnesota fans will have every right to feel a bit disoriented by this move.

That feeling may be shared by the Seahawks’ competition in the NFC West. While Arizona sits well back of the pack, St. Louis was an improved team in 2012, and the Seahawks-49ers rivalry obviously reignited. San Francisco was thought to be one of the suitors for Harvin as well, with the 49ers hoping to upgrade at receiver and having money to spend.

Instead, the 49ers now will have to worry about figuring out how to stop Harvin and that high-upside Seattle offense. If they do come up with something, it would put them ahead of the curve. A healthy Harvin, with Wilson throwing to him, could have defensive coordinators tossing and turning for the next several seasons.

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46 comments
dustinyo
dustinyo

Looks like the gamble paid off for the Vikings. Enjoy the constantly hurt primaddona that is Percy Harvin, Seattle. We'll just settle for Xavier Rhodes, Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings instead. Oh! And the pick you're giving us next year for him too.

timjenc
timjenc

If Percy wants to win a SuperBowl, he will have to become unselfish.  Ponders #'s went up and Vikings wins went up when he wasn't in the offense.

 

Moldlives
Moldlives

"All Day" averaged 96 yards per game with Percy, 165 yards per game without.

Moldlives
Moldlives

"All Day" averaged 18 carries per game with Percy, 26 per game without.

Moldlives
Moldlives

Ponder averaged 218 yards and 1.25 tds per game with Percy last season. 149 yards and 1 td without. The Vikes will surely miss him.

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

Does Burke intentionally leave the date off his articles?

Richard V
Richard V

So you have Marshawn Lynch , Sydney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller with Russell Wilson on point. Now you put this kid on the field too ??? My God . The Vikings are finally forgiven for the weasel move they used to snatch Hutch from us.

 

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

Percy's a nice player and does good work out there, but this "total yards" evaluation makes him sound like some sort of all-purpose god. It's silly. He hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiving season. You can line him up in the backfield once in a while, but he's not durable. He doesn't do punt returns. His usage on kickoffs has gone way down since his rookie year - in his last full season, he returned exactly one kick per game. Let's not go crazy over his value.

6marK6
6marK6

Pete Carroll can handle Harvin-like personalities and get maximum effort out of them. Watch out for the Seahawks.

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

Harvin has been a pain in the ass from college on. Good riddance.

Moldlives
Moldlives

How long will it be?

Before we'll see.

Our Icon.. "AP",

Want's out of Minny!

wytefang
wytefang

Nah, us Vikings fans aren't "reeling" at all - Harvin had become a distraction and strangely enough our record last season was better without him in the line-up than with him.  Sometimes you gotta cut your losses to improve - addition by subtraction, folks.  We need to keep building with TEAM players, not ME FIRST prima donnas.  Common sense should help anyone understand that fact.  ;)

Moldlives
Moldlives

The Vikes better sign a wide receiver with GREAT hands. We'll need one now with Ponders' accuracy issues over 5 yards. Either that or an elite slot receiver for YAC. It's going to be some long, tough years ahead for us purple bleeders.

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

"Minnesota fans will have every right to feel a bit disoriented by this move."I'm in Minnesota, and that's certainly not what I'm hearing. More like:  you hate to see the talent go, but with the  headaches (both figurative and the migraines that keeps him from practicing seemingly every other week) and the injury risk, this isn't a bad haul.I love Percy when he's on the field. Fun to watch, playmaker, you name it. He also misses a *lot* of practice time because he's dinged up, is coming off a major injury and has been a brewing malcontent for some time now - even under a coach who isn't exactly a hardass. You took a risk when you drafted him, got great production and are selling when he still has first-round value plus the extra picks. It's not a bad haul.

They still need receivers. But it won't be any worse than the end of last year when they made a run while he was on IR.

MichaelF1
MichaelF1

Being a Niners fan, I am glad to see Seattle get taken on this trade.  a 1st rounder and a future mid-rounder???  Plus, you are going to give him an extension (AKA pay raise!).  Minnesota did a great job especially when you compare it to what Chicago gave up last year to get Brandon Marshall, 2 third round picks!.  Talentwise the two receivers are equatable, but you can't equate a 1st round pick and future mid-rounder to 2 third round picks!  Minnesota is probably getting the 2nd best receiver in this years draft with Seattle's pick.  Can you say Kennan Allen or Tavon Austin, anyone?

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

Harvin has been inconsistent.........if the Vikings get a 1 and 2 or 3 for him......it is a good trade. One player does not make a team.

 

The Seahawks definitely get an upgrade in WR...but given how crappy their WRs have been anything was an upgrade. The question is when will Lynch begin his downslide (which he will as he nears 30).....and as NFL Defenses adapt to the read-option.....will Wilson and the other parts of the Offense be able to carry the team.

pandah462
pandah462

Washington legalized the sticky icky last year.  Seattle is in Washington.  So, yeah, probably a nice place to land for Harvin.

vinoreilly1
vinoreilly1

Harvin might have been a cancer in the locker room but he gave 100% every game and always fought for the extra yard, bouncing off tacklers 50lbs heavier then him, and always a threat to return a kickoff. Ponder will miss him throwing those swing passes that would go for 10 yards. He will be missed but Austin would be a good replacement

Jon Trexler
Jon Trexler

Very reminiscient of the Moss trade to Oakland.  Very talented player, horrible attitude, limited by injuries.  Let's just hope they do better than Troy Williamson and Erasmus James with those draft picks.

 

This is a potential win for both teams.  However, considering Harvin has now played for two NFL HCs with very different personalities and couldn't get along with either, this could blow up for Seattle.  Minnesota's got a lot of WRs to sign, though - Jarius Wright is like Harvin-lite, but they'll need at least three more good players to fill the gaps.  Sign Jennings and mid-level WR, then draft two more in April.

 

PS - this is the second article I saw that seems to forget that Greg Childs will most likely never see an NFL field after a horrific injury in training camp last season.

 

 

janandersen72
janandersen72

Percy is an incredible talent, who is often unavailable for practice and games and the the Vikes went 6 and 2 without him. Keeping Percy also means locking up as much as $10mil per year, which can now be used on a FA. IOW, it was a choice between Harvin and Wright for 2013 or Wright and a top FA (I would not mind  Boldin at 6 to to 7 a year) and several high picks. It is the right thing to do.

Lal
Lal

Washington state just legalized pot... Seahawks are eff'd now that Percy is in town. Look for a few substance abuse suspensions in the near future...

MarkDurkop
MarkDurkop

Lets Recap:   Vikings pickup punter Chris Kluwe from Seattle in '05, a Top-10 punter for the last 8 seasons. Vikings acquire Steve Hutchison in '06 leaving Seattle with NO compensation: He starts 48 straight games and is All-Pro 4 consecutive years.  Vikings let Nate Burleson go to Seattle (bust, shipped to Det), and Tarvaris Jackson (bust, shipped to Buf), and Sidney Rice ($170,000.0 per catch, 87 total yds in 2 playoff games), and now Percy Harvin.   Sensing a pattern here?  Minnesota will be just fine. :)

Blah1
Blah1

whoever wrote this is an idiot. They are including return yards into account. Guess what moron, with the 50+ mil they are giving him he will NEVER return kicks again. he had only 677 yards in 9 games last year, how does that equate to 2400 yards in 7 more games? what a moron

Lacentral
Lacentral

vikings are about as dumb as miami with reggie bush! but hey viking fans there is hope!...randy moss is free hahaha

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

How is it a gamble?  He's a cancer, and they get a late first round pick in a very deep draft.  Good riddance.

goetboy
goetboy

Trade away good WR's and then try to draft others to replace them.  Is Troy Williamson available?  Will they take John Carlson in the deal then too since the Vikings don't appear to want to use him?

 

This will be a tough one to swallow considering their need at the position.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Not really a gamble for the Vikings since he wasn't going to play there any way. They're lucky they got what they did. Seems to me the bigger risk is for Seattle, taking an enormously talented but very injury prone wide receiver.

SportPage
SportPage

If it happens, that makes Seattle even tougher, as long as Harvin is able to play without migraines or injuries sidelining him.

Jon Trexler
Jon Trexler

 @6marK6

 That's what they say about every coach :)

 

Remember how Bill Belichick handled Randy Moss's personality?  He traded him to Minnesota.

mm8321
mm8321

 @Moldlives

 Harvin can't stand AP being on the same team .Ego . How long before you leave Mn. we'll be better off with out you

Moldlives
Moldlives

 @wytefang Sometimes you need to put yourself in the players shoes. If you were USED to the max, had only missed 3 games in 3 years, ROY, and on pace to collect the MVP of the league. Now you suffer a real injury. You might start believing what other players have told you about getting paid. Careers can end quickly in professional sports. From this mans eye.. I saw a HUGE team player and even BIGGER leader on the field. Keep listening to what the media tells you. Oh what bewildered herds you are. Your common sense is not your own, and extremely skewed!

Moldlives
Moldlives

 @wytefang We better hope A.P. stays healthy. The improvement w/o Percy was addition by addition, that being in number of carries for "All Day". In my opinion.. a Musgrave trade would be the best off season move we could make. SKOL VIKES!

Jon Trexler
Jon Trexler

 @Moldlives

 The loss that pains me the most, though he was unproven, was the Greg Childs injury.  He seemed to be much of what they needed.

Jon Trexler
Jon Trexler

 @marino.eccherNon-fans rarely see that side of it.  Remember how excited Eagles fans were to get Terrell Owens?  When that blew up, remember how excited Cowboys fans were to get Terrell Owens?  When that blew up...

 

I, for one, am not the least bit upset that the Vikings are losing Harvin's ability to hold out the first half of the season.  It'll be interesting to see if Seattle gives him the "Calvin Johnson money" he was rumored to be after, and probably doesn't deserve.

Brian_206
Brian_206

 @MichaelF1 There is no Percy Harvin in this draft.  There just isn't, so first round value is lower than Harvin value.  Seattle has 10 picks in this draft, they will be fine. 

Jon Trexler
Jon Trexler

 @MarkDurkop

The  Burleson signing was hilarious.  SEA thought they were zinging MIN with their version of the poison pill, but MIN didn't seem to care :)

mm8321
mm8321

 @Lacentral

 Man ,are you out to lunch. Talk all you want, But the Vikes are on thre right trac./

MarkDurkop
MarkDurkop

 @LacentralLets Recap:   Vikings pickup punter Chris Kluwe from Seattle in '05, a Top-10 punter for the last 8 seasons. Vikings acquire Steve Hutchison in '06 leaving Seattle with NO compensation: He starts 48 straight games and is All-Pro 4 consecutive years.  Vikings let Nate Burleson go to Seattle (bust, shipped to Det), and Tarvaris Jackson (bust, shipped to Buf), and Sidney Rice ($170,000.00 per catch, 87 total yds in 2 playoff games), and now Percy Harvin.   Sensing a pattern here?  Minnesota will be just fine. :)

 

Matty Laps
Matty Laps

 @Lacentral Got 3 picks including a first rounder for a player that has never played a full season, has migraine issues, and has never been coachable in his entire playing career. Sounds like a good deal to me.

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

 @Lacentral How are they dumb?  Harvin is a cancer.  Even when he was on a great team at FU, he got busted smoking dope and attacked a coach.  The Vikings are thrilled to get a first rounder and two other picks for him.  A dude named Percy is always going to have a bad attitude.  It's all his mom's fault for hanging that on him.

bpeterson464
bpeterson464

 @JasonMacBride he's not that injury prone, this is his first real injury during his pro career and the first time that he has missed more than two games in one season in the NFL

mm8321
mm8321

 @SportPage

 If Harvin doesn't get the ball 75% of the and  Seattle doesn't build a Percy shrine,ther will be problems.

Moldlives
Moldlives

 @mm8321 Classy. Did Joe Buck tell you that? By your logic, Percy wishes he was traded to one of the worst teams in the NFL. He must really be disliking his life right now. I surely could be wrong, but it seemed like he wanted to WIN more than anything. As far as leaving.. How could I not let the Vikes tear my heart out annually for another 43 years?

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

 @Jon Trexler Exactly. And Seattle fans *should* be excited by Harvin. He's an exciting player - and even T.O. did good things for a stretch in Philly. But the premise that this trade was a coup for Seattle and gamble for Minnesota is totally backwards. The Vikings got a good return for a volatile asset. The Seahawks took a chance on a high-upside locker room risk. 

Moldlives
Moldlives

 @Matty Laps  @Lacentral

 Missed one game in 09' and named ROY, missed two games his second year, played all 16 his third. MVP of the league through his final nine games wearing purple.