With the Minnesota Vikings finally dealing away disgruntled wide receiver Percy Harvin, it’s now time to focus on what the offseason plan is for the Vikings. Although Harvin was electric in four years with the team, his attitude was a detriment to a team that exceeded expectations in 2012.
When Harvin went out of the lineup in Week 9, the Vikings were 5-4 and losers of two straight. However, Leslie Frazier rallied the troops and got his club into the playoffs with a 10-6 record, including key wins over the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers along the way. Harvin ended the season playing in just nine games, but still wound up as the Vikings’ leading receiver with 677 yards.
Christian Ponder hit his stride in the latter part of 2012 and it culminated with a three-touchdown performance against the Packers which punched the Vikings’ ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2009.
The Seattle Seahawks may think they have gotten a steal with Harvin and with good health and motivation he could be an All-Pro with Russell Wilson throwing to him for at least the 2013 campaign as Harvin’s contract is up after this upcoming season.
I have to trust general manger Rick Spielman on this decision as he has set this organization up beautifully; Minnesota has selected 20 players in the last two seasons and 18 of them are still with the team–nine of those 20 guys were either starters or played big-time downs in 2012. Hopefully the undisclosed draft pick from Seattle is rather high as the Vikes already have five picks in the top 117 in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Ponder will have a new leading receiver in 2013 and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Jarius Wright who was a deep-threat for Minnesota’s offense last year with over 14 yards per reception. Wright is someone that the Vikings will need a lot of production from this year along with rookie sensation Kyle Rudolph, who will shoulder a larger load this year.