We’ve noted the possibility that receiver Percy Harvin may not be with the Minnesota Vikings next season and now trade speculation is in full swing.
That’s right. The Vikings are thinking about trading their best… make that only receiver.
Why? Like anyone in their right mind, Harvin doesn’t want to be in Minnesota.
He already requested a trade last offseason, reportedly had two verbal altercations with coach Leslie Frazier during the season and went home to Florida to rehab his injured ankle after being placed on injured reserve. That’s where it gets a little murky. There is a report that Harvin left the team because of the latter disagreement with Frazier. The team also put him on injured reserve around the same time.
That suggests a situation similar to the one Titus Young had in Detroit, where the Lions put Young on IR just because he had a shitty attitude. They also released him immediately after the Super Bowl.
Even though Harvin might have the same crappy attitude, he’s too valuable to be released.
Harvin had 62 catches for 677 yards and three TDs in just nine games in 2012. He’s also one of the most dangerous return men in the league.
Of course, attitude problems also lower your trade value.
Do the Green Bay Packers have a shot at Harvin?
Zero. There’s no way the Vikings would trade him to a division rival and Harvin is in the final year of his rookie deal. That means he’s due for a big-money contract extension. The Packers are letting Greg Jennings walk, so they’re clearly in no position to pay someone else’s No. 1 receiver.
The Vikings will probably ask for a first-round pick for Harvin. They’ll probably get a second.
Regardless of the compensation, moving Harvin takes away the only offensive weapon the Vikings have other than Adrian Peterson.
If they don’t nab some playmakers in the draft or acquire a decent receiver via free agency, expect this team to come back to their non-playoff reality in 2013.
I still find it hard to believe the Vikings would trade away their best WR. Pretending they are WILLING to trade him is a smart negotiations ploy.
If he does leave, expect the Vikings to pursue Jennings, big time.
You forgot to mention we already have a better version of Harvin in Randall Cobb.
I get the potential difference, and certainly the difference in attitiude, but I wonder what a comparison of actual numbers over their first two year would reveal? More passing yards? Most rushing yards? Biggest return threat? Impact plays?
Would be interesting to see…
The Vikings are the bottom of the barrel, always have and always will be.
Really? Hmm weird last I recall they beat you shitty ass team to clinch a playoff spot. Oh just a reminder if you win that last game SF plays in Lambeau (wouldn’t have mattered). Your defense is in shambles and at the bottom of the barrell. You actually think if the Vikings trade Harvin they won’t go out and get a receiver via Free agency? Come on man.
Also they own the 2nd most picks in the draft behind SF this year. And last years draft class was one of the best in history (Kalil, Harrison Smith, Jarius Wright, Josh Robinson) . . . Were also 16 million under the cap this year.
So to say we will always be at the bottom of the barrell . . . well just remember you all have to pay Sharon Rodgers and Clay Mathews big money next season –
The tide is turning – SHHHHHHHHHHH
Well, being at the “bottom of the barrel” served them pretty well last season. Despite having a crappy QB, the Vikings did a good job..IMO. They made it into the playoffs…didn’t they? Vikings are and always have been a dangerous team….because you never know when they will suddenly decide to play ball, and over the years…it is usually when they are playing the Packers. To the Vikings…playing the Packers is like a playoff game….and they take it very seriously. Vikings fans want to beat the Packers…the Vikes coaches know this, the players know it. It’s a big deal….lol…nice to be so well thought of by our opponents…I guess.