Percy Harvin Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Suitors if He Gets Traded
Percy Harvin reportedly wants nothing more to do with the Minnesota Vikings. Despite putting up 1,800+ total yards in 2011 and ending the season on a tear, the fourth-year wide receiver is unhappy with his contract, and possibly has other reasons that are making him desire a trade.
Whatever the case may be, the Vikings have already said they’re not trading him. Then again, this kind of trade/no trade dance generally happens when a star player gets upset and expresses the desire to seek a trade. My job isn’t to speculate if it happens or not. However, I do find it interesting that Harvin was absent from the afternoon practice on Wednesday.
We can’t predict the future, but we have to imagine it’s at least possible that Harvin is done in Minnesota. If that’s the case, here are five teams I think would make a hard run at swinging a deal for a guy that is quite possibly about to blow up in the NFL:
Note: This is all speculation, but I compiled this list by considering that Harvin wants to get paid and have a big role, while the team trading for him needs/wants a wide receiver upgrade and can give the Vikings something back in return possibly.
Andre Johnson is a beast, but he can’t do it all on his own anymore and the Texans dropped their only other impact receiver in Jacoby Jones because they were sick of waiting on something special. That leaves them with Kevin Walter and scrubs that could shine in Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin and rookie Devier Posey. Unfortunately, there’s no way in knowing if any of those guys mentioned can help in 2012. Harvin could, and would bring a whole new dimension to Houston’s offense and special teams.
Harvin would be able to step in as a true number two receiver, operate out of the back-field, and be an impact player on special teams. For a team that is extremely balanced and stacked on both sides of the ball, Harvin could be the missing piece of the puzzle of a championship run.
Seattle makes the a lot of sense to me. They’ve made the necessary adjustment at quarterback by adding Matt Flynn and drafting Russell Wilson, and Harvin would be working with former Vikings teammate Sidney Rice in the same offense under Darrell Bevell, who used to be his OC with the Vikes. It’s a perfect match, while the Seahawks could really use a consistently explosive wide receiver these days. Rice is never healthy and Golden Tate still hasn’t realized his potential.
Seattle is the right fit for Harvin if he gets traded, while the Seahawks could offer up a young receiver with potential in Golden Tate, as well as a draft pick.
Harvin went to school in Florida, and perhaps he wouldn’t mind returning back to his college stomping grounds. He’d play in great weather for at least half of the year, and he’d get to kick it with Chad Ochocinco on off days. The Dolphins are trying to turn the corner despite unloading Brandon Marshall earlier this off-season, so they could get back on track by finding a way to land Harvin.
St. Louis Rams
I know St. Louis just drafted two wide receivers with a lot of potential, but they still don’t have a single proven game changer in their passing attack, so trading for Harvin has to be on their mind. He’d really open things up for the Rams through the air, and would bring a new dynamic to their ground game and special teams, as well.
On the flip side, the Rams could give Minnesota any number of their several potential-ridden receivers in exchange for the more proven Harvin.
Buffalo really only has Stevie Johnson as a proven threat at wide receiver, while the addition of a true number two to pair with Johnson could make the Bills offense truly hum in 2012. There’s not much trade value here, but Harvin would completely change the face of Buffalo’s offense and special teams, and that huge role he’s craving would certainly exist in a Chan Gailey offense. The Bills would be a long shot, but they’d have a chance due to their likely high interest level.
I’ve heard the whispers about Harvin enjoying his time with Randy Moss back in 2010, but I don’t see him going to a run-heavy 49ers team with a bunch of wide receivers already on the roster. I think he’s either staying in Minnesota, or a crazy trade goes down with one of the five teams above.
With that said, the NFC North would be 100% off limits, and I’m not totally sold the NFC wouldn’t be, either. A lot has to go bad really fast for Harvin to get traded, though, as the Vikings are in rebuilding mode still and he’s a huge piece of the puzzle to get back to respectability. Minnesota won’t let him go for cheap, and it’ll take them quite some time (or something big) to push them to even consider a deal.
Still, that won’t stop the calls from coming in – starting right now.