Percy Harvin Is the Missing Link Seattle Needed to Get Past San Francisco

Josh SachnoffContributor IIIMarch 12, 2013

Wide receiver Percy Harvin against Seattle on Nov. 4.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin against Seattle on Nov. 4.Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Ex-Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday and will look to make an immediate impact in their receiving game.

Just how valuable is Harvin and will he be the player that finally gets the Seahawks past the 49ers in the NFC West? 

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported that Harvin was no longer willing to play with Viking quarterback Christian Ponder because he didn't feel Ponder was “good enough.” 

Harvin was traded to Seattle for three draft picks and will look to improve an already-talented Seahawk receiving core including Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. 

We all know that Harvin has had his problems with not being able to play due to migraines and other injuries, but if he can stay healthy avoid being a distraction off the field, he will benefit this talented Seattle team in a big way. 

What makes Harvin so difficult to defend is his quickness and explosiveness in the open field. He presents problems for defenses with his speed—one of the main reasons why the Seahawk offense will be even better this upcoming season.

The threat of Harvin's presence on the field will take more pressure off running back Marshawn Lynch and will give quarterback Russell Wilson an even better chance of making a play with his legs. 

Wilson was one of the most impressive rookies this past season because of his decision-making ability, arm strength and presence outside of the pocket. He is clearly much more talented than Christian Ponder, and chances are Harvin will be impressed with what he’s going to be receiving. 

The Seahawks were so close to facing the 49ers in the NFC Championship game this past season, but were unable to hold off the Atlanta Falcons, who kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in the game. 

Expect Harvin, who recorded 62 catches for 677 yards in 2012 before going down with a season-ending injury, to make a big impact right away. He could be the last piece of the puzzle for the Seahawks to successfully take down the Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West.