Finally, some real news to chew on, as it appears that wide receiver Percy Harvin will be playing for the Seattle Seahawks next season according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, provided he passes a physical.
This is quite a big deal according to Don Banks at Sports Illustrated, who offered his take:
To be sure, Harvin comes with some risks. He has been an unhappy player the past few years in Minnesota, and unhappy players are always subject to stay unhappy, even once their surroundings change and their contract issues are cleared up. The same can be said for Harvin's injury history, with him playing in all 16 of Minnesota's games just once in four seasons. Injury-plagued players often continue to be injury-plagued and don't usually experience a sudden reversal of fortune on that front.
But this is a win-now move for a team ready to challenge San Francisco for supremacy in the NFC, and Harvin gives Seattle another dynamic and unconventional player who threatens a defense on multiple fronts, having scored multiple touchdowns as a receiver, rusher and return man. Harvin at his best creates pressure on a defense that few players can match, and it's not often you can pick up a fifth-year talent with a fairly unique skill set while that player is very much in his prime.
A few weeks back, when whispers of Harvin first surfaced, I dismissed these rumors. Such a move at the time seemed risky, and still does, as Harvin comes with a lot of ifs. If Harvin is healthy and a good sport, then this could work out nicely.
Otherwise I fear a potential reboot of the Deion Branch experience.
For today, though, I cautiously bless this move. The addition of Harvin should provide Russell Wilson just about all the weaponry he will need to make the 'Hawks the most exciting team in football offensively.
What concerns me is what happens inside the red zone. As much as I hate to admit it, I like the move by the 49ers for Anquan Boldin almost a little bit more for two reasons.
One, Boldin is the kind of big body in traffic the 'Hawks really need to help them score touchdowns.
Two, he only cost them a sixth-round pick, rather than a first- and a seventh-round picks in the 2013 NFL draft and a mid-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Feel free to argue about the age difference, potential costs in signing both players and value of draft picks, but the Harvin deal addresses more of a "want" rather than a "need" for the Seahawks.
While it's understandable why the 'Hawks want him and they can technically afford him, but I have questions about this move both in the long and short term.
Will signing Harvin eat up a majority of the Seahawks cap space if he's looking for a big deal?
If so, will they have enough money left over to address some of the team's other key issues for next season?
Most notably, how will the front office address the pressing need for defensive line help with their first draft pick coming at the end of Round 2 and limited cash to sign someone if either Jason Jones or Alan Branch walks?
Finally it also makes me wonder what will happen to both return man Leon Washington and wide receiver Doug Baldwin?
Washington was a Pro Bowler last year, But he costs a good deal of money, is getting on in years and could be expendable (SBNation.com) now with Harvin potentially taking over his return duties. Meanwhile Baldwin struggled last season with injuries after a breakout rookie campaign in 2011. Even when healthy, he never really seemed to click with Russell Wilson.
I wouldn't be shocked if either one is sent packing in a trade some time before the draft.
Either way, I will be curious to see what general manager John Schneider does next either in free agency, through the draft or with another trade. I can easily picture this move being the first of several yet to come.
Such is life in Seattle these days.
But on the bright side, it appears the 'Hawks are a go for the Super Bowl. Which is equal parts exciting and scary and proves once more that you never can tell what to expect from the brain trust of GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.
For today, feel free to celebrate about the Harvin move, but understand that Schneider and Carroll have their work cut out for them as they try to take the Seahawks to the next level for not only next year, but hopefully for many more to come.
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