A Look At Percy Harvin Trade Scenarios

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin wants to be traded. SB Nation's football bloggers weigh the scenarios for their teams.

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman squashed any notion that his team would deal away Percy Harvin. Spielman will probably be spending the better part of his afternoon and the days beyond repeating his line to interested general managers.

A review of SB Nation's NFL blogs following the Harvin drama doesn't reveal teams itching to trade for Harvin.


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The Seattle Seahawks are interesting possibility because of the presence of former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who now holds the same position in Seattle. Field Gulls, SB Nation's Seahawks blog, broke down the pros and cons. Among the list:

The opposition would say that the Seahawks have no need for Harvin; they already have slot players like Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. His supporters might say he's a huge upgrade over both of those players or that Pete Carroll and John Schneider relish the opportunity to create more competition. Having too many good wide receivers is impossible, and a talent like Harvin would only make Tate/Baldwin better.

The Cincinnati Bengals, who already have a pretty good situation with their receivers, would be limited by the money needed to give Harvin a contract extension. SB Nation's Bengals blog Cincy Jungle explains:

Soon this team will be faced with a growing number of extensions, with defensive tackle Geno Atkins, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green likely signing new contracts in the foreseeable future.

That doesn't include the team's overall interest to bring linebackers Thomas Howard, Manny Lawson and Rey Maualuga back, as well as defensive end Michael Johnson, running back Bernard Scott and offensive tackle Andre Smith, all of whom are entering the final year of their existing contract.

After dealing away Brandon Marshall, the Miami Dolphins could use some receiver help for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, or whoever ends up under center this season. SB Nation's Dolphins blog The Phinsider sees a problem with redundancy:

Harvin fills a very specific role on an offense. He is Davone Bess or Reggie Bush. He is someone the Dolphins already have. The team is not looking to add another slot type receiver. They need a number one wide out, not a number 2 or 3 option.

The New York Giants chasing Harvin would certainly seem like a case of the rich getting richer; however, Big Blue View, SB Nation's Giants blog, notes offseason changes and question marks among their receivers as reason enough to consider it, no matter how unlikely:

A big trade for a star player is not the way the Giants generally operate, but Harvin is at least worth talking about. He is 24, is a rising star in the league and the Giants do have question marks at wide receiver entering training camp. Mario Manningham is in San Francisco, Hakeem Nicks is hurt and beyond Victor Cruz are guys with potential, but a whole lot to prove.

Over at Pride of Detroit, fans of the Detroit Lions, the Vikings' divisional rivals wouldn't mind a trade at all:

With all that said, I'm certainly rooting for a trade. It'd be nice to get a player like Harvin out of the NFC North, and it'd also be nice to see the Vikings' offense become even more one-dimensional.


More: Vikings Offseason Report


Ultimately, a trade is unlikely. In fact, GM Rick Spielman said earlier on Wednesday that trading Harvin was not an option. Daily Norseman puts a practical spin on it all:

You just don't trade a guy that was 25% of your offense on a 3-13 club. Because with the offense in it's current state, there is no value that the Vikings could receive in return that would constitute a 'good trade'. In the running game, Adrian Peterson is coming off of a devastating knee injury and could very well end up on the PUP list for the first 6 weeks of the season. Toby Gerhart is good, but Harvin and Gerhart could be a Thunder and Lightning combination that could be tantalizingly good until AP returns.

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