It would appear that Minnesota has finally made a move with disgruntled Wide Receiver Percy Harvin, reaching an agreement in principle to trade him to the Seattle Seahawks.
Harvin, upset by his current contract, had been demanding that Minnesota renegotiate the deal or trade him for several months. This trade is contingent on the Seahawks getting Harvin to agree to a new deal within 48 hours.
Full details of the trade package are not yet available, but it would appear that Seattle’s 2013 first round draft pick (25th overall) will be going to the Vikings in the deal. The Vikings are also said to receive Seattle’s 7th round pick in 2013, and a mid round pick in 2014.
It will be interesting to see how Seattle uses Harvin in their read option passing game led by Russel Wilson. Harvin was dynamic in Florida playing for the same Gators team that featured Tim Tebow running and throwing the ball. He is one of the quickest and most exciting wide receivers in the NFL. Harvin is a capable deep threat, or in running short routes and gaining yards after the catch, and even in running reverses. He is capable of playing on the outside in two Wide Receiver sets, but is at his best coming out of the slot in three wide receiver sets.
Playing only nine games last season, and with Minnesota’s unimpressive Christian Ponder throwing him the ball, Harvin still had 62 receptions for 677 yards and 3 touchdowns, he added another 96 yards and a touchdown rushing. In 2011 he had 87 catches for 967 yards and 6 touchdowns. He added another 345 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Harvin will form a dynamic duo with Sidney Rice, a former teammate in Minnesota.
Harvin is also a dynamic kick returner, as seen by his 5 kick returns for touchdowns since 2009, the most in the NFL.
Eyes in Seattle will now turn to see what the Franchise does with Matt Flynn, the highly touted QB who they signed a year ago, but lost the training camp competition to the rookie sensation, Wilson.
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