When I first heard the news today that Percy Harvin was requesting a trade, I immediately thought why would a player with injury problems, ask for a trade? I guess I really didn't pay attention to the statistics that the young Harvin has put up in his career as a Viking. Since entering the league from the University of Florida, Percy Harvin has constantly gotten better year after year, so my question to you is What is he worth to you as a fan? Before him requesting a trade, I wouldn't have thought he was worth much, because I didn't see him as a number 1 wide receiver, but could Percy Harvin be a number 1 receiver on a team?
Since Percy Harvin has came in the NFL in 2008, Harvin has been a pretty good football player. We all remember the migraine headache situation, which is why I had almost already wrote off Harvin. There are teams out there right now that could really use a player like Percy Harvin. The biggest team that needs him though is his own team, the Minnesota Vikings. Right now on their depth chart it is looking pretty bad after Jerome Simpson and the two young rookie wide receivers they drafted this year. So with that being said, I really don't think Minnesota can afford to trade Percy Harvin, but let's just say he does get dealt here within the next few days, what do you think he is worth?
Here is a look at some statistics that I have came up with on the former Gator. In 2008, Percy Harvin caught 60 balls for 790 yards and scored 6 times. This did not include how explosive he was on the kick and punt returns for the Vikings, where he amassed 1156 yards on 42 returns for 2 touchdowns. He was also used on some reverses and gained another 135 yards on the ground. Harvin is more than just a wide receiver, he is a play maker when he gets in the open field. He only missed one game his rookie year.
In 2009, Harvin impressed me more because he had to fight through the migraines, but look at these numbers as well. Harvin caught 71 balls for 868 yards and 5 touchdowns, gaining another 107 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He returned 40 kicks and punts for a total of 933 yards and added another touchdown. Harvin had to battle migraine headaches which were really bad in 2010 for him. Even with all his headache problems, Harvin still played in 14 games, missing two of them.
In 2010, Harvin made it through the entire year with no headaches, and put a stop to the migraine problems. His receiving yards went up to 967 yards on 87 receptions and he scored 6 more times, bringing his receiving touchdown total to 17 touchdowns, in just three years. He ran more than ever and gained 345 yards and scored twice last year on trick plays and reverses. He returned the ball less, but still was able to accrue 520 yards on 16 returns and put another one int he end zone.
So let's put this in Bold so we can see what Harvin has meant to the Minnesota Vikings in the past three years.
He has a total of 218 receptions for 2625 yards and 17 touchdowns receiving, He has 98 kick and punt returns for 2609 yards and 4 touchdowns, and he has rushed for 587 yards and three touchdowns on just 85 attempts. So would a person who has 5821 all purpose yards and 24 touchdowns not be worth a high draft pick? How about a 24 year old 5'11 wide receiver who has only missed 3 games and has the above stats? So let's get to the question, What do you think Percy Harvin is worth, if he was in fact dealt to another team?