John Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports that Percy Harvin wants to be traded from the Minnesota Vikings. This must put the Vikings in a very difficult position, considering they don’t have many productive receivers outside of Harvin for their young quarterback Christian Ponder.
All signs to point to the Vikings keeping Harvin. The problem is, however, Harvin wants out and it’s going to require a lot of persuading to keep him.
If the Vikings do decide to get rid of him, they will put a very good receiver on the market. The Carolina Panthers, along with all the other NFL teams that might be looking for ways to improve their receiving corp, will have a chance to add Harvin to its roster.
Will the Panthers do it though? I don’t think they will.
The Panthers already have a lot of receivers on their roster. In addition to Steve Smith, they have Brandon LaFell, David Gettis, Seyi Ajirotutu, Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams, Armanti Edwards, Darvin Adams, Brenton Bersin, Michael Avila and Rico Wallace.
The goal for the Panthers is to get a good number two receiver to take pressure off of Smith, who has often had to deal with two defensive backs on his tail. Even though, Smith finds ways to overcome double coverage, he could definitely use some help to take some of that pressure off of him.
To some observers, LaFell has shown that he could become that number two guy. But do head coach Ron Rivera and GM Marty Hurney think he can handle the responsibility? According to Adam Schefter from ESPN, the Panthers believe that LaFell is destined for big things in 2012.
Even if LaFell isn’t able to step up, there is always Gettis, who may be a very effective weapon for Cam Newton.
But what about Harvin?
Well here’s the thing with Harvin. The Panthers did manage to clear up some salary cap room over the past few months, but signing a guy like Harvin would probably cost a lot more money than the team would be willing to offer, especially over the long run.
Harvin is scheduled to make over $2 million in the next two seasons. According to Michael David Smith from profootballtalk.com, Harvin might think he's being underpaid and will probably want more money from another team.
Would the Panthers pay him that money? I highly doubt it.
Now Harvin wants to be traded, so this begs the question: If the Panthers want to trade for Harvin, who would they be willing to trade?
In my opinion, if the Panthers wanted to get rid of someone from their roster (players worthy of Harvin), they probably would’ve gotten rid of them by now. However, I think the Panthers have too many important pieces right now on their roster, and splitting them up would have far greater costs than benefits.