Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Harvin to Seattle?
By Tim Kavanagh
One of the big news items this week is the report from Minnesota that the Vikings are considering a trade involving their touchdown machine, Percy Harvin. This has led to wild speculation linking him to just about every NFL team, though some obviously make more sense than others. There is some reason to believe that the Seattle Seahawks should be put in the former of those categories.
Danny Kelly of Seahawks blog Field Gulls explores the possibility of Seattle acquiring Harvin in some depth. In fact, Kelly foresees the possibility of two big offseason storylines intertwining: namely, instead of the Seahawks simply sending draft picks to Minnesota, they'd include backup QB Matt Flynn, who could push incumbent starter Christian Ponder. The Vikings have been pretty clear that they're sticking with Ponder as their starter for 2013, but Flynn would be a huge upgrade at the backup position; it's not immediately clear, however, whether Minnesota would be interested in taking on Flynn's salary as part of this swap.
As with any team, Harvin would fill a versatile role: some receiving here, some returns there, some occasional runs out of the backfield to complete the set. But one thing that's different about Seattle is that they employ Darrell Bevell as their OC, a man who once held the same post with Minnesota during Harvin's tenure. Bevell likely has as good of a grasp on the enigmatic Florida product as any other coach not employed by the Vikings, and that will certainly influence whether the Seahawks get in on these festivities or not.