The proverbial poo has hit the fan in the Twin Cities. With their relationship falling apart at the seams, it appears that the Minnesota Vikings and star wide receiver Percy Harvin are ready to sever ties. A trade is seemingly inevitable, and a receiver-needy team like the Seattle Seahawks could soon come to the rescue.
While there are some lingering questions about Harvin’s character and locker room impact, adding him to Seattle’s passing attack would do wonders for the development of young quarterback Russell Wilson. Coming off of an astounding rookie campaign, Wilson is still in need of a dynamic target; Harvin would be exactly that and more.
What makes this union even more feasible is the relationship between Harvin and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who used to coach the 24-year-old receiver. Bevell worked with Harvin for two years back in Minnesota and wouldn’t have any trouble working him into the offensive gameplan.
The move would also reunite Harvin with former Vikings teammate Sidney Rice, who has been somewhat inconsistent since joining the Seahawks back in 2011. The two wreaked havoc on opposing defenses back in 2009, and having Harvin in the mix would take plenty of the pressure to produce off of the injury-prone Rice.
Harvin, one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL, would bring a whole new component to the Seahawks offense. The electrifying receiver would pull coverage away from Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin while taking some of the attention away from Marshawn Lynch and the running game. To top it all off, Harvin would bring an explosive attribute to the kick return game that Leon Washington hasn’t been able to produce as of late.
While it seems like a solid fit, the matter of compensation would be the biggest question mark. The Vikings will be expecting a significant return in order to ship out Harvin, who they could very well still be hoping to mend fences with. A likely scenario would include a second-round pick, a sixth-round pick and a player such as Washington (to replace Harvin’s kick return production) or Baldwin (to replace production from the slot).
There are a lot of unknowns in this equation at this point. You have to believe, though, that the Seahawks could make a serious run at Harvin if the Vikings really are interested in trading him.