Seattle Seahawks: Is Percy Harvin worth the risk?

By Bob Kaupang
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
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Percy Harvin is a great talent and everyone knows it. However, is he worth the potential headache?

Harvin is among the most talented players in the NFL. Whenever he touches the ball, there is a better than average chance that he will make a big play. In addition, he averaged over 35 yards per kick return last season. He is a dynamic playmaker who will make the Seattle Seahawks a better football team.

Some people may wonder if Harvin is going to start for the Seahawks this season with already having Sidney Rice and Golden Tate on the roster, but he doesn’t need to be starting to earn his keep. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll loves collecting players who have unique skills and putting them in a position that allows them to make plays. He is one of the better coaches in the league at doing this. Even if Harvin doesn’t start, you can bet he is going to make a significant impact lining up in a variety of positions on the field.

With all of the positives that Harvin brings on the field, there are questions if this was the right move for the Seahawks. Harvin hasn’t exactly been a role model for anyone and I doubt his last three coaches would say good things about his attitude behind closed doors. When then Minnesota Vikings head coach, Brad Childress, met with Urban Meyer and Harvin at Florida prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, Meyer was quite critical of his former player but did protect himself publicly by saying that he could turn things around with respect to his attitude.

It is well documented that Harvin and Childress weren’t exactly enamored with each other after a few seasons in Minnesota and then Harvin didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with Leslie Frazier after he had taken over as the head coach either. In case you haven’t noticed, there seems to be a negative cycle with Harvin and how he’s perceived by the people who coach him. That isn’t a good sign.

Will Harvin change his tune in Seattle? Will his big paycheck make him happy and keep him motivated? Will being on a team that wins most weeks, which the Seahawks are going to most likely do in 2013, keep him happy?

Harvin has missed time in the past with migraine headaches. The Seahawks hope his talent helps them to a Super Bowl victory, rather than give them their own migraines.

Bob Kaupang is a Seattle Seahawks writer for   Follow  him on twitter @seahawksbob.

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