Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin Trade Sets Up Victor Cruz to Minnesota

Eli Nachmany@EliNachmanyCorrespondent IIIMarch 11, 2013

The Vikings and Seahawks reached a trade agreement on Monday that will send wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle in exchange for a 2013 first-round and seventh-round pick, plus a conditional 2014 mid-round pick.

The trade leaves the Vikings with arguably one of the worst wide receiving corps in the league, one consisting of Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Stephen Burton.

Minnesota will need to upgrade if it hopes to compete in 2013.

With free agency starting March 12, look for Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings to get a lot of attention in the hours leading up to the start of the league year.

However, the Harvin trade sets the Vikings up for another receiver on the market.

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, a restricted free agent, will likely receive a first-round tender from New York. In past years, when the first-round talent was good enough that teams highly valued their top picks, such a tender would have kept Cruz off of the market.

But this year's crop leaves a lot to be desired and teams are more than willing to move top picks for talented, proven veterans.

The Harvin trade sets Cruz' value, for Harvin posted worse numbers than Cruz over the last two seasons but the Seahawks still valued him as a player worthy of a first-round pick and then some.

The Seahawks paid that premium for Harvin and didn't even need another wide receiver.

With the Vikings' current situation, they need a No. 1 target.

Granted, Cruz is a slot receiver, but he makes a lot of plays and isn't nearly as much of a malcontent as Harvin. Cruz is a likable fan-favorite who is also great in the community. He'll be a breath of fresh air from Harvin, a perpetual whiner.

Minnesota is in position to offer Cruz a large contract after unloading Harvin on the Seahawks. With an extra first-round pick, there's no reason they can't spend big and match the first-round tender that the Giants plan to put up.

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