Monday, March 11, 2013
Impact of Harvin deal in Seattle
By Tim Kavanagh
Though the weekend of "legal tampering" didn't bring about much wild chatter (as some expected it might), the Percy Harvin trade on Monday has gotten the week started off with a loud clap of thunder. The deal sees one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NFL shipped to Seattle, while the Minnesota Vikings recoup the Seahawks' first- and seventh-rounders this offseason, as well as an additional mid-round pick in 2014. So what does this mean for Seattle?
Spencer Hall of college football blog Every Day Should be Saturday tweeted, "Oh those nine to ten snaps a game where Harvin goes into the backfield to work zone read out of the pistol with Russell Wilson," and it's a thought that many fans of the Seahawks are having right now as well. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen what the Seahawks will be doing with the rest of their corps of WRs; some have speculated that there will be a release to make way for Harvin, or perhaps they'll ask Sidney Rice to take a pay cut. Fellow WR Doug Baldwin took to his verified Twitter account to respond, tweeting, "To answer all of y'all. It doesn't change anything for me. In this business you have to compete for a job everyday. Doing that regardless."
Former second-round pick Golden Tate echoed that sentiment. "The Seahawks are trying to do whatever they think is necessary to put together a Super Bowl quality team," he indicated in remarks to ESPN's Josina Anderson. "If this is one of the steps they think works to accomplish that, then that's their choice. I don't think it will impact any of our work habits. We are still going to grind and let the cards play out the way that they will."
It helps Seattle that they're wildly underpaying Wilson, so adding another big salary to the WR corps -- and make no mistake, this is going to be a big contract that Harvin signs -- isn't as big of a problem as it would be for other teams. The one player whose role may take the biggest hit is current Seahawks return man Leon Washington. Stay tuned.