Why the Minnesota Vikings Must Keep Percy Harvin

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The Minnesota Vikings need to keep their stud wide receiver/running back/kickoff returner. Harvin, who is entering the final year of his contract, is one of the most versatile players in the NFL. He is an above-average player who excels at three different positions. And while he’s had some off the field troubles, his on-field accolades make him worth the headache.

The Vikings need to keep Harvin because they are already so thin at the wide receiver position. Despite his season being over in week 9, Harvin still managed to lead the team in receptions and receiving yards. With Harvin healthy, the passing attack led by second year QB Christian Ponder was mediocre.

Without Harvin, it was dreadful. And the fact of the matter is that there simply are no free agents or potential draft picks that offer anywhere close to the skill-set that Percy possesses. No matter how the Vikes beef up their receiving core, without Harvin, they’re likely to take a step back.

Because of Harvin’s contract status, there’s no way the Vikings will get decent value on their 24-year old wideout. Whoever trades for Harvin will likely need to workout a long-term deal immediately after the trade goes through. The Vikings drafted Harvin with the 22nd overall pick of the 2009 draft–a steal for Harvin’s production. But, because of his contract situation, the Vikings would be lucky to get a second-round pick in exchange.

Yes, Percy Harvin can be a diva, but so are most wide receivers. Assuming QB Christian Ponder can take a step forward in 2013, an offense with Harvin, MVP Adrian Peterson, a great offensive line and an all-pro fullback and tight end would be an offense with a lot of weapons.

Without Harvin, the offense will be worse than it was in 2012, a year where the Vikings got ridiculous production from their running back and still squeaked into the playoffs. Percy’s only 24, is arguably the most dynamic player in the league and, because of his contract, difficult to trade; he may come with some baggage, but his baggage is well worth the trouble.


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