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Vikings ship Percy Harvin to Seattle
The trade is contingent on a new contract, but the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, according to a league source.
Harvin had made it clear to the Vikings that he wanted an elite receiver contract, reportedly on par with Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, who make over $15 million a season.
ESPN reported that there’s a window now for Harvin’s agent to work out a long-term deal with the Seahawks. Harvin must also pass a physical.
According to Fox Sports, the Seahawks are sending this year’s first-round pick (25th overall) and a 7th rounder as well as a mid-round pick next year.
This begs the question: How does this deal compare to the Bears’ to land Brandon Marshall last offseason?
It would seem reasonable, for a couple of reasons. Marshall was already a three-time Pro Bowl selection who had consistently proven himself as a durable and reliable receiver. He also was under contract through 2014 for $9 million a season, which is reasonable for a player of his caliber.
To get him, the Bears shipped two third-round picks to the Miami Dolphins.
The Seahawks gave up a first-rounders, and they’ll also be giving Harvin a sizeable contract.
To make the trade worthwhile, Harvin will need to play like an elite player — and do so consistently. One of the issues has been durability. He’s only played 16 games in one of his four seasons, and he missed seven games in 2012.
Several people in the Seahawks organization are very familiar with Harvin. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and receiver Sidney Rice both came to Seattle from Minnesota.
For the Bears — not to mention the rest of the NFC North — it’s a relief to get Harvin out of the division. While he never topped 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, Harvin was one of the league’s most dangerous offensive talents, capable as a returner, receiver and even runner.
For his career, he averages 6.4 yards per carry and 13.2 yards per reception. He has 20 receiving touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns and five kickoff return touchdowns.
The Vikings obviously will be looking to add receivers. The most notably free agents are Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings but there are also some promising players in the NFL Draft.
They’ll need to do something, or else teams will stack the defense to stop All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. Besides, the NFC North is turning into an offensive division, given what the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions have in their respective arsenals.