NFC West Trades: Did Seattle or San Francisco End Up with the Better Deal?

Dustin HullAnalyst INovember 9, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin, two players at the same position but with different styles, were both traded into the extremely competitive NFC West on Monday.

Both the Seattle Seahawks (Harvin) and the San Francisco 49ers (Boldin) boosted their receiving corps for the 2013 season, but which team got the better deal out of their recent trades?

Harvin is younger, faster and more naturally gifted of the two, a dynamic force since entering the league as a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings.

His playmaking skills are hardly matched by anyone in the NFL, but he hasn't always been at a100 percent throughout a full season, mostly due to minor tweak injuries and horrible migraines. These have kept him from truly tapping his full potential.

Boldin, on the other hand, has his picture next to the word consistent in the dictionary, constantly coming up with productive seasons.

He's been above the 1,000-yard plateau five times and came close again last year, even though he's clearly lost a bit of ability coming out of his prime.

The two receivers are certainly at different points of their career. Boldin is an experienced player and now a Super Bowl champion, and Harvin is still very young and doesn't have as much as he'd like to show for how much talent he possesses.

The 49ers know what they're getting in Boldin, a three-time Pro Bowler who has built his career upon technique, physicality and determination, which makes him the perfect kind of guy 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh would want to have around.

But Harbaugh isn't the only one getting his dream kind of player. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been frothing at the mouth to have Percy Harvin ever since he tried to get him to come to USC when Carroll was their head coach.

It's truly hard to tell who ended up with the best deal. Seattle did have to shed a first-round draft pick for Harvin, something that shows their confidence in a player who missed the final seven games of last season due to injury.

But Harvin's body of work in the first nine games speaks for itself, with 677 yards and 62 receptions in that time. He undoubtedly is a lead receiver, and he'll certainly have that role in Seattle as the Seahawks stack up their explosive offense.

San Francisco, meanwhile, gave up a sixth-round pick for Boldin, a move that seems almost unfathomable besides the possibility that the Baltimore Ravens no longer felt the receiver's services being needed.

Boldin will give young quarterback Colin Kaepernick another prime target to throw to as San Francisco continues to develop him.

Both teams ended up with fantastic players, one receiving Mr. Reliable, the other getting the ultimate playmaker.

Harvin is indeed now the better player between the two wideouts as long as he stays on the field, but San Francisco got the better deal, grabbing a No. 2 wide receiver for practically a little more than nothing.

Either way it's viewed or compared, these trades have once again flexed the ever-enlarging muscles of the NFC West.