Monday, March 11, 2013
Percy Harvin to Seahawks: Initial thoughts
By Mike Sando
That did not take long. Fifty-five minutes after our wouldn't-this-be-fun post linking Percy Harvin to the NFC West, it's looking very much like Harvin is headed to the Seattle Seahawks for draft choices.
ESPN's Adam Schefter called Seattle the front-runner at 12:45 p.m. ET. Fox's Jay Glazer reported a trade agreement in principle at 1:02 p.m. ET. According to Glazer, the Seahawks and Vikings have agreed to a trade involving draft choices and pending Harvin passing a physical examination. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport subsequently reported at 1:10 p.m. ET that Harvin was en route to Seattle and that a deal was done.
My thoughts on Harvin and Seattle, as posted earlier Monday:
"Seattle has salary-cap flexibility and ample trade ammunition via 10 draft choices, second-most in the NFL. In a perfect world, adding more of a downfield perimeter threat might make more sense than adding Harvin.
"Still, the Seahawks have demonstrated a willingness to pay for young free agents on offense (Sidney Rice, Zach Miller). The team could use another weapon for quarterback Russell Wilson.
"Coach Pete Carroll frequently says he values players with unique skill sets. His defense is filled with players unusually proportioned or otherwise equipped for their positions. His quarterback is unconventional. Harvin is truly a unique player in the NFL. He has scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and in the return game. He can line up just about anywhere in the formation, from the slot to running back.
"Seattle has a connection to Harvin. The team's offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, held the same job with Minnesota when the Vikings drafted Harvin in 2009. Imagine the options for an offense featuring Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Harvin, Rice, Golden Tate and Miller."
I don't know what the Seahawks would give up in the deal, or what they would pay Harvin. But I think the deal makes a great deal of sense for some of the reasons outlined above, and a few outlined below.
Seattle stepped into a championship window last season with Wilson's development as a top quarterback. Wilson will play the next couple seasons under the bargain-basement contract he signed as a rookie third-round draft choice. Having relatively little money tied up in Wilson and very little tied up on the NFL's top-ranked scoring defense gives the team flexibility that won't exist to the same degree in a few years.
Harvin comes with some baggage. He has been a high-maintenance player for various reasons while with Minnesota. However, Carroll is a flexible coach. Harvin will come to Seattle knowing Bevell and Rice, who were with him in Minnesota. He'll get to grow with Wilson, who has already shown himself to be a dynamic leader.
The Seahawks have credibility in making this move. They've made very few bad ones under Carroll and general manager John Schneider. Wilson's presence as a dynamic player and leader puts Seattle in position to maximize its investment in Harvin.