Percy Harvin is a classic problem child wide receiver. He is ultra-talented, very skilled and has the ability to make an impact on any team he is a part of. There is a reason why some had him listed as a dark horse MVP candidate earlier this year. But like so many other players at his position, Harvin has also been coddled since the beginning and has a knack for alienating people wherever he goes.
Given all that, a recent report from Mike Max of WCCO about Harvin being on his way out of Minnesota should come as no shock. According to Max, a ‘meltdown’ aimed straight at Leslie Frazier that proved to be eerily similar to one that he directed at Brad Childress back in the day was the final straw. And that tirade, apparently, is the real reason why Harvin was shelved this year.
If you buy the general premise that Harvin is getting traded, the obvious question then becomes: where? Where does he go?
Well, there are several options on the table. The San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots have all been mentioned. Those teams’ fan bases have not responded with a whole lot of enthusiasm. Here is a sampling of reactions from each on why they don’t foresee Harvin landing with their ball clubs.
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49ers: 1.) he’s expensive, 2.) he’s a diva, 3.) he’s injury prone 4.) he’s not a punt returner [Sacramento Bee]
Buccaneers: “I just can't see it, though. Too many issues stand in the way of Harvin moving to Tampa.” [Bucs Nation]
Jaguars: “…is that something the rebuilding Jaguars should pursue? Personally, I would say no, it isn't.” [Big Cat Country]
Patriots: “Personally, I don't see it happening. Not only is Harvin going to be looking for a fairly large contract (reports have it in the $10 million per year range), but he is also going to command a fairly high draft pick (likely a second or third), which the Patriots uncharacteristically don't have a lot of this year. “ [Pats Pulpit]
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Then again, there was at least some optimism about the Miami Dolphins or Seattle Seahawks possibly landing him.
Dolphins: “Ryan Tannehill certainly deserves a better class of wide receiver, and general manager Jeff Ireland made it clear last month he will aggressively search the market for playmakers to put around his young quarterback. Harvin would instantly slide in as the Dolphins' No. 1 wideout and they should have the funds to get an extension done. The team's decision on free agent left tackle Jake Long will play a role here.” [NFL.com]
Seahawks: “As good a rookie campaign as Luck had, Seattle's Russell Wilson was every bit as awesome. Marshawn Lynch is a workhorse back and Robert Turbin may be the heir apparent at tailback. Meanwhile, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin inspire little confidence. Harvin would be a dynamic fit in Pete Carroll's offense with an ability to do a wide variety of things.” [Opposing Views]
Where will Harvin ultimately end up? We’ll find out soon enough.