There’s breaking news in the NFL as it is being reported that the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings have worked out a trade. The Vikings will send wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for what potentially is the Seahawks’ first round pick.
I”m not sure who is fooling who with this kind of a trade, but if there was ever a case where the guys from Monday Night Countrdown need to being back “C’mon Man,” this is it. Don’t get me wrong, Harvin is a nice player. He has been oft-injured so at times, it’s hard to get a read on just how good he can be. In only eight 2012 starts, he put up very good numbers: 62 catches for 677 yards and three touchdowns. You extrapolate that to a full 16 game season and 124 catches, 1,354 yards and six touchdowns would put him among the ten best receivers in the league.
But is he worth a first round pick? My first inclination is no, not when you figure in the exorbitant salary he’s going to comment. In terms of a hypothetical, is Harvin at his salary a better option than West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and what he’d command as a rookie? Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson seemed to do really well with his ragtag bunch of pass catchers last season, so the notion that they must have Harvin while using a first round pick that could really improve their defense seems short-sighted to me. Maybe the Seahawks have plans in free agency to upgrade a defensive unit that got pushed around in the NFL playoffs, but there are some really great playmakers in this draft, one of whom could be had with that first round pick.
As for Harvin, this is a boon for him. He goes from a team that is borderline at best and seemingly sinking fast to a team that was very close to the Super Bowl. He is also going to get a huge payday with the Seahawks, one that is closer to what he believes is commensurate with his abilities. I’ll never consider him a top five receiver until he can put together one really great season, but if it’s going to happen, this might be the team for him to do it on.
As for the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson has to be sick with this news. The one player he had who could take some of the heat off him is now gone. I’m not sure if it’s possible to play with 11 men in the box for an entire game, but Vikings opponents are going to find out.