It’s not a big secret, but there is a chance that Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin will be traded this offseason. One thing that is starting to rise to the surface is the possibility of Harvin being traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
The chemistry between Harvin and Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier hasn’t been the best as of late. The oil-and-vinegar relationship between the player and coach seems to have taken its toll, and is potentially on the verge of coming to an end.
Minnesota could definitely still use Harvin on their team. However, the chance of a contract extension doesn’t look great. Harvin wants a contract that is in the range of Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Both Johnson and Fitzgerald have eight-year deals worth $132 million and $120 million respectively.
Harvin is a dynamic player, but for someone who hasn’t had a 1,000-yard receiving year, and who is injury-prone, doesn’t deserve that much money. If he can stay healthy and prove that he can get along with authority figures, then maybe he could be worth that much.
In the event that the Vikings don’t trade Harvin and decides not to give him a contract extension, the fourth-year receiver has vowed not to participate in any offseason workouts and training camp.
If this trade goes down, both teams would greatly benefit from it. San Francisco will get another explosive player who can contribute in the passing game, as well as on special teams. As for Minnesota, they can get a number of things in return.
Either the Vikes could get a couple of the Niners’ 14 draft picks in the earlier rounds, or there could be the possibility of getting quarterback Alex Smith in addition to some draft picks in return. Though Minnesota reached high for quarterback Christian Ponder two years ago, his performance hasn’t impressed the Vikings’ organization.
Putting better personnel around league MVP Adrian Peterson will add another dimension to Minnesota’s offense, and trading Harvin to a team such as the 49ers will put them in a position to do so.
As you can see, this trade could be a win-win situation. The Vikings will get a chance to vastly improve, and San Francisco could get a receiver that will make them a favorite to make a return trip to the Super Bowl next season.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google