Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin has requested a trade and a rumor from a source close to the team surfaced on Wednesday stating the Dallas Cowboys are interested in acquiring the disgruntled star. Harvin, who still has two years left on his contract with the Vikings, said Wednesday he’s not happy with his situation in Minnesota.
“I’ll just put it this way – it’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out,” Harvin said. “Just haven’t been real happy lately. So, we’ve got a couple things to work on.”
Harvin is the Vikings’ No. 1 receiver, but that’s not saying a lot considering Minnesota’s only other halfway notable receiver is Devin Aromashodu. However, Harvin is a diverse, workhorse-type player for the Vikings; he caught 87 passes for 976 yards and six touchdowns in 2011 to go along with 52 rushing attempts for 345 yards and two more scores. Harvin is also a dynamic kick returner, so he has the capability to be an NFL superstar in the right situation.
Whether he’s looking for that or simply more money is unknown. He’s scheduled to make $915,000 in 2012 and $1.55 million in 2013 before becoming a free agent in 2014. There are several teams in the NFL whose rosters would be drastically improved by the addition of Harvin. The Cowboys aren’t necessarily one of them.
Sure, Dallas needs a No. 3 receiver after the departure of Laurent Robinson this off-season, but Harvin probably isn’t interested in playing that role for any team. Plus, the Cowboys are already out of salary cap room for the upcoming season the team is currently over the cap for the next few seasons, so it’s not like team owner Jerry Jones can offer Harvin a truckload of money to come to Dallas.
There’s already speculation about the Cowboys possibly trading disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins for Harvin, but that won’t work. Sure, the Vikings’ pass defense was even worse than the Cowboys’ last season, but there’s more to it than that.
First of all, Jenkins’ trade value isn’t nearly as high as Harvin’s, so Dallas would have to give up a lot in addition to Jenkins to acquire Harvin. Second, the Cowboys haven’t seen Morris Claiborne play yet, so it would probably be wise to hang on to Jenkins until the rookie has proven himself in the NFL.
Finally, Harvin wouldn’t really fit in the Cowboys’ offense that’s already chockfull of talent and it’s already been established that he has no interest in being Dallas’ No. 3 receiver and really No. 4 receiving option behind Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten.
Sure, it sounds good – bringing in a dynamic playmaker to add to the Cowboys’ roster, but it just won’t work. However, don’t put it past Jones to try and force it anyway.