The Seattle Seahawks took a bold move this afternoon and executed a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for WR Percy Harvin. Harvin, a controversial figure in recent weeks will now have to undergo a team physical and get a new long-term deal done with the Seahawks with in the next 48 hours in order to finalize the deal. Obviously, Seattle believes they can get Harvin under contract for less than the reported $16 million he supposedly was wanting.
According to reports, Seattle surrenders this year’s first-round and seventh-round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft and an undisclosed mid-round selection in 2014. The move now lands the Vikings with four selections in the first 83 picks of next month’s lottery. It also gives the Seahawks a legitimate deep threat next season with a team that has a surplus of draft selections this year.
Harvin has been a serious distraction for the Vikings over the last year. However, he is now reunited with former Vikings offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell. Bevell fills the same role with Seattle. The Seahawks have to hope that Bevell can keep Harvin’s attitude in check moving forward. Seattle also needs to hope that Harvin can stay healthy enough to stay on the field for all 16 games in 2013.
It will be interesting to see what moves that Seattle makes in free agency in order to boost their defensive line. This is a young team, stocked with talent and if they play this offseason correctly, could emerge as the favorite in the NFC next season. Especially if they are able to secure home field advantage through the playoffs.