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Percy Harvin to Replace Randall Cobb?

Percy Harvin

You want pointless speculation? We’ve got pointless speculation! Let’s pointlessly speculate about this for a moment — the Green Bay Packers sign Percy Harvin to replace Randall Cobb.

First, we’re assuming Cobb will exit stage left once free agency opens. Not because the Packers don’t want him back, but because they don’t want to pay him more than $10 million per season that another team DOES want to pay him.

That means the Packers need a slot receiver, unless they feel like 2014 draft picks Jeff Janis or Jared Abbrederis, who’s coming off a torn ACL, can fill that role.

Harvin, who was traded from Seattle to the Jets during the 2014 season, is going to be released by New York. The Jets just acquired Brandon Marshall from Chicago and they signed Eric Decker last offseason. Harvin’s contract is bigger than both of those guys, which means he has to go.

Harvin has been in the league seven seasons and he’s been through three teams. That’s a clear signal there’s something not quite right in his head. He’s also never had a 1,000-yard receiving season and he hasn’t played in more than nine games in a season since 2011.

Is he a head case? Possibly. Is he injury-prone? Maybe.

Harvin also has all the talent in the world. In the right environment, he just might reach his potential.

The guy is almost a carbon copy of Cobb.

Cobb is 24, 5-10 and around 190 pounds. Harvin is 26, 5-11 and around 190 pounds. Both guys have speed to burn. Both guys return kicks. Harvin actually does that better than Cobb. He has averaged a gaudy 27.3 yards per return over his career, compared to Cobb’s 25.9. Harvin is also a stronger rusher. He has 885 career rushing yards, compared with Cobb’s 252.

Excited?

Well, don’t get too excited. We are counting on Ted Thompson to make a bold move here.

That being said, kicking the tires on Harvin makes a lot of sense if the Packers lose Cobb.

The primary factor that makes it sensible is money. Harvin is going to come a lot cheaper than Cobb because of the baggage he’s carrying around. Our guess is about half of what Cobb will cost. And you know Big Ted loves a bargain!

The Packers have taken chances on guys with baggage in recent seasons. Johnny Jolly and Colt Lyerla come to mind. All indications are the Packers are also high on re-signing recently-arrested defensive tackle Letroy Guion this offseason.

Green Bay actually seems like a perfect fit for Harvin to resurrect his career and the Packers are most likely going to have a glaring hole on offense next week.

Let’s make a love connection.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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26 Comments

  1. Rick March 6, 2015

    Nah, dude is a parasite that ruins team morale

  2. Adam March 6, 2015

    He ran himself out of Minnesota, he SOMEHOW managed to run himself out of Seattle (a team full of off-field distractions), and he didn’t make the cut on a shitty Jersey B team.

    Where there’s migraines, there’s smoke – and where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

    Pass.

  3. Ender March 6, 2015

    In a perfect world we’d have both. Lets hope Cobb wants to win more then make more, (Gennings). I still think we need a strong 3 WR. Percy would be a nice wild card factor, AND if we still have Cobb, DAMN, talk about speed on the field. Rodgers would look like Culpepper next season, just step back and close your eyes and heave the ball as far as ya can, well maybe not as far as he can, he can throw far, but they’d be a bomb squad for sure. Dreaming of glory here in SFL, Go Pack Go!

  4. Doug in Chicago March 6, 2015

    I’d like to think that the Packer locker room and Green Bay environment would make a guy like that change his ways…and if he comes cheap, why not give it a shot?

  5. Mark March 6, 2015

    Chris Rainey is just as fast and is availible. Rainey has a better work ethic and needs a chance.

  6. Pack March 6, 2015

    Harvin is a virus. Causes pain wherever he ends up. He has migraines every other minute. Terrible locker room guy. Why would anyone want a guy that vikings, seattle & the jets don’t want. No thanks- I’ll take a rookie over him.

  7. Sean March 6, 2015

    Would rather have Cobb but Harvin would make the blow easier assuming he can play a whole season.

    My Biggest problem… not signing Cobb and he goes to an NFC team.

    Blockbuster deal to Raiders I can take but to Seattle or Bears might make me lose it.

  8. MMK March 6, 2015

    Locker room cancer. No.

  9. You don't know who March 6, 2015

    If Cobb leaves then it will be good to sign Harvin. We always had taken chances on players with problems. Also we need that versatile receiver, I don’t think Janis or Abbrederis give us that option, they are good though. And we need a for sure 2nd option, I’m not too positive if Adams will be ready for that he showed flashes once in awhile only but if we want to keep that SB contender form then we need to keep the same type of players, cause we were just a game away from the SB. But really hope Cobb think about it and re-sign with us.

  10. E. Wolf March 6, 2015

    No–a thousand times no. The guy is a locker room cancer. And a Viking. Just, NO!

  11. Pack March 6, 2015

    Agree- Harvin is trouble. If we are going after a free agent much rather have a torrey smith or even a kenny brit type of guy. Might be able to get Reggie Wayne for pretty cheap as well. Looks like Cobb is going to Jacksonville- I really hope he changes his mind.

  12. billybong March 6, 2015

    Hey, remember BAD MOON RISON!! He was supposed to be a cancer too, that was a Super Bowl year…this has like a 10% chance of happening….or less….Ted would have to do a better background check than trying to get a high clearance for working at the NSA….

  13. Abe Frohman March 6, 2015

    He who shall not be named seemed to tame ol’ Percy well enough. I don’t doubt that #12 could do the same.

    I’m for this move if the deal is structured properly. Pay him based upon performance – load up on incentives. If he is the cancer everyone says he is, dump him with few cap ramifications. He and his agent definitely have something to prove, so that shouldn’t be terribly hard to do.

    I don’t care who he used to play for. If he’s a good player at a position of need at the right price, I want him on our team. Who’s complaining about Peppers now?

  14. Howard March 6, 2015

    Unless Harvin is real cheap, I would be suprised Thompson would sign quickly if at all, so plan on being patient. Harvin may be someone TT would look at but not on the first weekend of FA unless it is a very good deal for the Pack.

    I still believe Cobb is staying. You can almost see the negotiation process in the reports from unnamed sources. Packers not negotiating. Cobb indicates do not believe everything you read. Packers offering 8-9 mil a year. Sexton counters with teams willing to offer 11-12 mil. Then there is a team that is offering 10 mil. So what happened with 12 mil? No new reports today? Either deal is done or Pack said check out the other teams. Packers will sign for around 9-10 mil a year. The signing bonus and number of years are the final points to clear up. Could be wrong but we will see soon.

  15. rebelgb March 6, 2015

    As ive stated before: I am adamantly against paying your #2 receiver more than your #1. Especially just one year after re-doing your #1’s contract. Its not like Jordy’s contract is old/outdated.

    You all got defensive last year when I tried to make a case that Jordy isnt a #1 guy. You all called him as good or better than guys like Marshall, Bryant, etc… Well fine, we paid him that caliber of money, and last year he made the Pro Bowl. But now you all want to pay another receiver more than him? Why cuss Jordy is white so its alright?

    Do you think Dez Bryant would be ok with the Cowboys paying their #2 more than him? How about the Broncos Thomas?

    1. Shawn Neuser March 6, 2015

      Jordy did not get a new contract. He got an EXTENSION.
      Cobb needs a new contract altogether. Different issue.

      Jordy probably could have gotten more in the open market, but he didn’t want to go that route.

      I don’t think you can set a ceiling based off Jordy’s number and negotiate in that fashion. You have to deal with Cobb as his own man and a separate issue.

  16. Howard March 6, 2015

    I do not think the Pack will pay Cobb more per year (average) than Nelson. I think it will be close. Cobb if signed will get a larger signing bonus than Nelson you can almost bet on it.

  17. idk March 6, 2015

    Yep

  18. Savage57 March 7, 2015

    So what are you sayin’? You don’t want him, or you’re a retard?

    1. E. Wolf March 7, 2015

      I believe he is expressing agreement with my sentiment exaclty. A thousand times NO–or nope if you will.

  19. TyKo Steamboat March 7, 2015

    I don’t want this pussy on my football team

  20. Organicbuzz March 7, 2015

    That ain’t the way Uncle Ted does his business He doesn’t like “personalities” He might let Cobb walk but he ain’t fuckin with Harvin. Go Pack Go!!!

  21. billybong March 7, 2015

    Harvin can’t get along with easy going hippy dippy Pete in Seattle than he can’t ge along with anyone..

  22. billybong March 7, 2015

    Cobb just bought a new SkiDoo!!! Someone seen it in the back of his new F150….he’ll be back, two year deal, if he doesn’t win the ring by then its bye bye and i can’t blame him then…YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST…

  23. PF4L March 7, 2015

    I think Cobb will be signed as Shields was signed, last minute and over payed.

    Now, IF Ted does let Cobb Walk. I’d be ok signing Harvin because, he’s dynamic when he has the ball, he would upgrade our return team instantly, def backs would have to account for him. You have to figure, even Harvin knows this is his last chance in this league, maybe he grows up and we benefit. I don’t give a shit if he played for the Vikings, i give a shit if he can upgrade the team.

    But i’d only sign him if …
    At 4 – 5 million. No guaranteed money, which means you could cut him at any time (barring injury), no drama.

  24. billybong March 7, 2015

    go get someone who’s bigger than these two dwarf receivers, someone who’s fast and can jump…