Percy Harvin is not happy in Minnesota; and why should he be?
The Minnesota wide receiver is one of the few bright spots the Vikings have on the roster heading into 2012. Question marks at quarterback, an elite running back whose future is uncertain coming off a knee injury and just a lack of overall roster talent are all things that have the experts picking the Vikings to finish at the bottom of the NFC North for the second consecutive year.
Some may call it selfish, but Harvin wants no part in it, and I can't blame him.
He is accustomed to winning. His college career at Florida and his rookie season were by all accounts successful. This is not a guy who is comfortable in the cellar.
Though Minnesota's general manager Rick Spielman has said (via ESPN) the Vikings will have no part in a Percy Harvin trade, that move might be what's best for their future and another team's present.
That other team could be the New England Patriots.
Bill Belichick loves Urban Meyer's former Florida players. Two of them, Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez, played prominent roles in last season's Super Bowl run. If Tim Tebow didn't come with a traveling circus, he to would probably be a New England Patriot.
Aside from Harvin's Florida ties, he is the type of player Belichick loves having on the roster. He can play the slot, traditional No. 2, line up in the backfield and return kicks.
With Wes Welker playing under the franchise tag this season, the Patriots might be wise to look into moving on without him and replacing him with Harvin. Welker, 31, is seven years the elder of Harvin and may have already played his best football.
When healthy, Harvin has proven to be valuable in the slot and on special teams. It could be worth sending a second or third round pick, which the Vikings sorely need going forward, to Minnesota to acquire Harvin.
If it ever did happen, Harvin might have to change jersey number. Some guy in New England already wears number 12.