Percy Harvin to Jets: Why Getting the Disgruntled Wideout Would Be a Good Move

Alex GiobbiAnalyst IAugust 18, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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With the news that Percy Harvin has requested a trade from the Minnesota Vikings, and the New York Jets a possible destination, you have to wonder whether getting the wideout would be worth it.

One of the main points of scrutiny this offseason for the Jets has been their offense. With a wide receiver corps led by the questionably mature Santonio Holmes, and second and third options in Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley, it may be a good idea to go for Harvin. 

Harvin has been a playmaker ever since he came to Minnesota. As a rookie, when he had Brett Favre as his quarterback, he exploded on the scene, winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award for 2009. While his production hasn't been as good in 2010 and 2011, he has been a leading option in a corps which consisted of Sidney Rice, Mike Jenkins and others. 

One of the benefits of adding Harvin is the fact that he and Tim Tebow played together at Florida. Harvin was a junior during Tebow's Heisman campaign, a season where the Gators made won the National Championship.

Another point of interest is the fact that the Jets would have taken Harvin in the first round of the NFL draft, had Mark Sanchez not been available. Because the Jets ended up drafting Sanchez, Harvin ended up going to Minnesota. Then the Jets, in an effort to revitalize their receiving corps, dealt for Braylon Edwards.  

Cost will definitely be a point of contention, as the value of Harvin, despite his complaints, will certainly be high. If anything, the Jets could probably get the deal done by offering a second and fifth-round pick and second-year wideout Jeremy Kerley. Although, that's an optimistic perspective.

Regardless, if the Jets want to stop hearing complaints about an anemic offense, they had better consider going for Harvin. He will be a big target with plenty of speed, and expectations will run high for the Jets if they get him .