Atlanta almost made it to Super Bowl XLVII, falling one play short to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The team would instantly become a favorite to win Super Bowl XLVIII if it were to land Harvin in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.
According to ESPN Insider's Sam Monson (Insider protected):
Despite the aggressive moves they have made in the past, the Falcons are still in a healthy salary-cap situation and have more than enough to get a contract done with Harvin. Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harvin would be a fearsome trio.
Fearsome trio, indeed.
Matt Ryan is fast becoming one of the NFL's most explosive quarterbacks, and his 2012 season is a foreshadowing of better things to come. Ryan passed for 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns last year, and he's getting better every single season.
Roddy White has always been a dominant receiver, using his exceptional route-running abilities to make even the best cornerbacks look foolish, and the addition of Julio Jones the past couple of years has really opened up the aerial attack.
Adding Harvin to the mix would be like adding jet fuel to a raging inferno, and Atlanta's offense would be the terror of the NFC for years to come.
The National Football Post's Dan Pompei recently came out to say that Atlanta is likely to release veteran running back Michael Turner, which would clear up valuable cap space. According to OvertheCap.com, Atlanta would save $6.9 million in 2013 by cutting him, freeing up enough room to make Harvin a long-term deal.
The Falcons could draft a running back to take Turner's place, too, and given the way Turner's game went downhill last year, a young player would likely improve the offense, rather than hinder it. Eddie Lacy or Giovani Bernard would both be excellent options.
Tony Gonzalez isn't likely to be back in 2013, but if Harvin comes on board, Atlanta wouldn't miss a beat, since Harvin is a skilled receiver in the middle of the field.
With Jones and White demanding double-teams over the top, Harvin would have a field day underneath, and opposing defenses would be hard pressed to pick a poison that won't kill them.
Atlanta's offense is already among the best in the NFL. Adding Harvin would make it unstoppable, and the Falcons would become the favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII.
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