The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly interested in shipping wide receiver and return specialist Percy Harvin right out of town. At his best, Harvin is one of the most dangerous offensive skill players in the NFL. Despite the enormous potential he possesses, though, injuries and and the occasional attitude problem have plagued his young career at times.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old star is now being made available to any franchise willing to meet Minnesota’s demands. Which brings us to the all-important question: Should the San Francisco 49ers pursue Percy Harvin via trade with the Vikings?
The Niners have question marks at wide receiver heading into the off-season and could be in the market for a return man as well. Harvin excels at both, so on the surface he seems like an ideal fit. Plus, Randy Moss is now a free agent and Mario Manningham will be entering the second-half of his two year deal coming off of knee surgery. Return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. is a free agent as well and provides little to no value outside of special teams.
The 49ers, should they be interested in Harvin, have plenty of resources to offer. Loaded with 14 selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, it really couldn’t hurt to make a phone call and see what the asking price is. Harvin is entering the last year of his rookie contract. If he doesn’t pan out, at least you’re not locked in to a long-term deal.
Imagine the ways offensive coordinator Greg Roman could utilize Harvin’s unique skill set to complement the Niners suddenly explosive offense. QB Colin Kaepernick needs a No. 2 WR alongside Michael Crabtree, and the speedy Harvin might be a perfect fit. He sure sounds like one.
Of course, there is a concern of Harvin’s maturity level. He’s now apparently unleashed his anger on two separate head coaches, Brad Childress and most recently Leslie Frazier. Multiple sources told Max the embarrassing tirade with Frazier is a big reason Harvin is hitting the trade block. If you come to San Francisco with an attitude problem, have fun not suiting up on game days.
Getting back to why Harvin would be a smart acquisition, though, there just isn’t a ton of risk here, even for one of the league’s bigger names. Depending on the asking price, he’s likely to only cost a couple of draft picks and his yearly salary will cause a relatively small cap hit of $4 million in 2013. After that, he’s a free agent. If you like what you see, try to sign him to a long-term deal. If not, kindly show him the door after the season.
If the 49ers are interested, they certainly won’t be the only ones. But with a plethora of draft picks, they have plenty of ammo that other teams lack. The 2012 NFC Champions have come oh so close to Super Bowl glory for two straight seasons, and we could be talking about the addition that finally gets them over the hump.