Reporting Bill Swartz
While everyone on the planet knows the Seattle Seahawks will seek pass rush help through free agency and the draft, another need was just addressed in a bold trade with the Minnesota Vikings. It’s the type of deal which tells us the Seahawks are serious contenders for an NFL Championship in the very near future.
Seattle is willing to look past the diva attitude and off-field issues Percy Harvin displayed during his time with the Vikes. John Schneider and Pete Carroll are no doubt convinced Harvin can be a game-changer for an offense growing around Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson.
Sometimes you don’t need to throw a long bomb to create a huge football play. With his lightning-quick, darting moves, Harvin can take a short pass at the line of scrimmage 50 yards for a score. Before his injury, ironically against the Seahawks, Harvin was also averaging nearly 36 yards per kickoff return.
Yes, Percy Harvin had arguments with head coaches, and mysterious migraine headaches which kept him out of games. Many times in professional sports, a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. I can see Harvin thriving in Pete Carroll’s positive energy, college-like atmosphere.
In my pre-game interview with coach Carroll on the Seahawks radio network last November, he couldn’t stop gushing about Harvin’s abilities. Carroll was convinced Harvin was the best high school player in America when he unsuccessfully recruited him to play at USC. He would up being a Heisman Trophy candidate with Tim Tebow at Florida.
Harvin will also reunite with his ex-Viking teammate Sidney Rice and former Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The Hawks get an experienced pass-catcher who will just turn 25 in May.
No question Seattle is making a huge investment at the receiver position, with Harvin expected to seek $12 million per season in a new contract. The Hawks are already paying Rice $41 million over 5 years.
I’m pleased the Seahawks are leveraging some of their many 2013 draft picks on a proven playmaker. Defenses will now have to pick their poison. If they bring 8 men in the box to stop the Lynch run, Seattle will be able to sting them with a quick slant, or end-around to Percy Harvin.
-Bill Swartz, 1090 The Fan
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