Minnesota Vikings star Percy Harvin could be available for a trade before the start of the 2013 NFL season. It was recently revealed that the 24-year-old is not getting anywhere in negotiations with his current club about a new contract.
Pro Football Talk reported the news that Harvin could sit out the entire offseason, and he could potentially even move away from the Vikings unless a new deal is reached.
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If the star wide receiver were to become available on the trade block—which is looking increasingly more likely of happening—what would the Vikings be looking to nab in return for him? And which teams become the best potential trade partners for Minnesota?
Rumors coming out of Niners Nation have suggested that the Vikings could be willing to trade Harvin for some draft picks (second to fourth round). A potential partner would also most likely need to have plenty of cap space—given the likelihood that Harvin would be asking for just a little bit of money from his new team.
With that in mind then, let's have a look at the NFL teams that would be the best fits for the Percy Harvin.
3. Miami Dolphins
Miami made a big step last year to pick by Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and they have seemingly committed to him as their franchise quarterback.
What the Dolphins need now is a genuine No. 1 wide-receiver, something that they don't exactly have anywhere on their roster. Brian Hartline is their only real go-to guy. If he becomes a free agent this summer, then Miami is essentially back to the drawing board.
They could make a big free-agency move for someone like Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace, but a move for Harvin makes just as much as either of those.
The 24-year-old is significantly younger and more athletic, and he gives Tannehill more options on check-downs or screens. He also brings a special teams element to their squad, should Joe Philbin look to utilize Harvin there.
The Dolphins have plenty of cap space, and while they are necessarily flush with draft picks, it would make a lot of sense for them to be interested in Harvin.
2. Cincinnati Bengals
Straight up, if the Cincinnati Bengals got Percy Harvin into their roster, you'd nearly say that they would become a legitimate playoff threat instantly.
All the Bengals are missing on offense is a good No. 2 receiver to complement A.J. Green downfield, and Harvin could fill that role perfectly.
He would be good for Andy Dalton's confidence, and he would be good in attracting some of the defensive attention away from Green and Jermaine Gresham.
Keep in mind that if the Vikings are interested in draft picks, Cincinnati is sitting on Oakland's second-round draft pick from their trade for Carson Palmer and have a mountain of cap space as well—the most in the NFL.
If there's an AFC team that has the pieces in terms of need, draft picks and cap space to try and interest Harvin, it's the Cincinnati Bengals.
1. San Francisco 49ers
Yet the most logical move for Percy Harvin, should the Vikings be willing to trade him, is for the San Francisco 49ers to make a big play for him.
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Should they dump off Alex Smith for either some draft picks or some extra cap space, you have the feeling that this is a team that could well bring Harvin into town. After all, they do have a mountain of draft picks sitting in their pockets.
If the Niners sent a second round and a fourth round pick to Minnesota, they'd still have their first round and three third-round picks to utilize—plus whatever they ended up getting for Alex Smith, should they try and trade him.
Michael Crabtree has the No. 1 spot on this team locked down. Therefore, Percy Harvin would be the perfect complement to Colin Kaepernick's offense.
Greg Roman would no doubt have a field day on opposing defenses with the threats that he would have in his lineup, and especially in a read-option offense, Harvin could truly find himself in plenty of space with not a lot of defenders around him.
He'd be joining an improving team that looks like being a real Super Bowl contender for the next decade or so, which is something pretty hard to say no to.
If Harvin's going to be moved, the 49ers make the most sense.
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