Seattle Seahawks Acquire Vikings WR Percy Harvin, Contribution to be Determined

Percy Harvin – Is only 24, runs a 40 in 4.3 seconds, does a great job of getting yards after catch and is an accomplished kickoff return runner.

Percy Harvin – misses a lot of practices, unfortunately suffers from recurring migraines and has already exhibited a tendency to be a bit of diva.

So what does this mean for the Seahawks?

It means that if he passes his physical, Harvin will be a speedy receiver with good hands, excellent running instincts and a desire for the ball. It also means that Harvin may continue to miss practices due to his migraine issues and on a team with an “always compete” team mentality, missing practices means Harvin may not successfully compete for as much starting time as he would like.

Going up against Rice, Baldwin and Tate, who have all shown exceptional growth and stability through the 2012 season, Harvin may find himself having to work harder than he has before to get playing time.

While I’m okay with the picks we’ve given for Harvin, I’m not “all in” this trade. But I’m open to the possibilities of the Hawks making it work. Some keys to success for Harvin with the Seahawks will include:

  • Adapting to the always compete mode (Doug Baldwin is embracing the opportunity to compete)
  • Limiting kick return opportunities (let someone else be cannon fodder, although if rumors of trading Leon Washington are true, hopefully Pete and John plan on picking someone up in the draft)
  • Committing to as many practices/mini camps as possible, both for physical conditioning and developing relationships with his QB and fellow receivers
  • Understanding that great physical talent still requires considerable practice and application. Ask Golden Tate.
  • Appreciating the caliber of players he’ll be sharing a locker room with (Russell Wilson has extra meetings with his receivers and oline… for a reason)

Ultimately, Pete and John are pretty smart guys. I’m pretty confident that they will limit the guaranteed money to Harvin and build in lots of incentives for him to reach for. And I hope he does rise to the occasion. He really needs to appreciate this opportunity for what it is.

Harvin could be great. But he’s not great yet.

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  • Jake

    Don’t forget that Harvin in the last year of his contract and Seattle will have to resign him this year or next. Harvin was demanding huge money, Calvin Johnson money from Minnesota, he will demand the same the Seattle. Unless they can find a way to sign him this year he may be a one year deal for the Seahawks.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      an extension was part of the deal. Seahawks and Harvin had a contract in place before the trade happened.

      • Jake

        What is the deal?

        • 12thMan_Rising

          terms not released yet. likely wont become “official” for some time, giving the Seahawks some flexibility to figure out the cap stuff, include some other deals.

          • Jake

            NFL Network was saying they believe there was a deal in place but no one was certain. Could be a bad sign. Even if there is a deal in place its got to be north of $11-12 million per year, especially with Mike Wallace getting $13 mil per year. That’s a lot of money for a guy with issues. Of course Miami shelled out a lot of money for a guy with issues as well.

          • 12thMan_Rising

            There’s extra years and such, but the deal appears to be 3 year/$36 mil deal that will have to be reworked after that. It’s on par with VJax, less than Wallace.

  • WL- Minneapolis

    Harvin is a better kick-returner than a WR- and he’s a good WR. The Seahawks would be losing a great deal of Harvin’s value if they didn’t let him return kicks. He is electric every time he returns the ball- whether he gets a TD or not. I can’t remember Harvin not getting to at least the 30 yard line on a return. Ever. And Harvin plays hard every down, and with seemingly no concern for his body- that’s how he gets his big YAC numbers. He plays with tremendous intensity.

    The problem with Harvin is all that takes a toll on his 5′ 11″, 185 pound body. The Vikings limited his snaps on offense in 2011 (he only played 40% of the Vikings snaps that year) to preserve his health and prevent migraine issues. In 2012 they let him play more, and he missed 7 games with injury.

    Bottomline, Harvin will be an electric player for the Seahawks when he plays. Trouble is, he’s unlikely to play a full season without injury. And if he doesn’t like his role on offense (i.e. revolving around him), the attitude will haunt the locker room.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Migraine issues had nothing to do with football. It turned out to be a sleep apnea thing, and it’s controlled now with medication.

      He’s only only missed 10 games in 4 years. That isn’t exactly injury prone.

    • Jake

      Harvin’s problem in Min. is that he wasn’t happy with Ponder at QB because Ponder isn’t a great QB. That could be a huge problem in Seattle since Wilson isn’t exactly a great passing QB. One or two season with 50 catches and 700 yards and he will be asking for another trade.

  • Asthmagirl

    I do worry about the Diva quotient. I don’t think character is the be-all, end-all, but I’m not looking forward to seeing Harvin unload on the coaches if he thinks Russell isn’t throwing him the ball enough. He made no secret that he didn’t like Ponder. Team player???

  • Scott Collier

    I’d kind of like to see Pete preserve him for only kickoffs and punts where a play is needed when the game hasn’t been decided or we need a lift to get back in it. He is going to be a better weapon on the offense and every kick return risks his continued service on the offense. I’m hoping when he said “manage him on kicks” he meant he’s not going to always be out there, especially if we’re leading by a bunch of points and any additional points.

    • Scott Collier

      ..and any additional points would be just for a cushion.