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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Possible Percy Harvin Trade Scenarios

Robin LalisseCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2012

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Possible Percy Harvin Trade Scenarios

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    After a great first half of the season where he was maybe the most valuable receiver in the league, Percy Harvin could leave this off-season. 

    ESPN Twin Cities' Tom Pelissero reports that four NFL sources say that Harvin and Head Coach Leslie Frazier got into a heated exchange a few weeks after his last game played this season against the Seahawks, where he screamed at Frazier on the sideline about frustrations with the offense. 

    Pelissero writes that while Frazier and Harvin are on record saying that the injury was the only reason for Harvin's placement on injured reserve, there may be more to the story:

    The incident was sufficiently impassioned some inside and outside the building believed that, and not the ankle, was the driving force behind Harvin's trip to IR.

    In reality, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, discussions already were underway with Harvin's agent, Joel Segal, about making a decision both sides believed was in the best interest of the player and the team based strictly on the injury.

    Instead of risking further injury that could have long-term consequences, Harvin would continue treating the injury immediately near his home in Florida, where he rehabbed from shoulder surgery in the spring and would be heading after the season anyway.

    Harvin's rookie contract ends after the 2013 season, and Pelissero notes that Harvin has no interest in finishing out that contract, but instead getting a new one:

    It's no secret the Vikings must make a decision on Harvin's future after the season. He privately made clear as far back as last summer he expects a new contract to replace the final year of his rookie deal and is unlikely to show up on time for training camp without one.

    Harvin has to make a decision, too, on whether he wants to try to stay in Minnesota for the long haul or revive the fleeting trade request he made during the team's June minicamp -- although there's no guarantee the Vikings would comply.

    Pelissero references that one NFL personnel man puts a possible return for Harvin in a trade as a second or third-round pick.

    Whatever happens the rest of the season, the relationship has always been tumultuous, so the Vikings may be better off trying to see what his market value is.

    With his migraine and now ankle injury issues affecting his durability, and his temperament another problem to consider, it may not be worth giving Harvin a contract that may be worth around $10 million a year, as that is in the ballpark of how much a similar player in DeSean Jackson is getting paid. 

    Plus, Harvin makes most of his plays out of the slot, and with the continued proliferation of spread offenses in college football, more slot receivers who are NFL ready will be available, including players in this year's draft like Tavon Austin, Robert Woods, Stedman Bailey, and Ryan Swope among others. They could also trade for a lesser slot receiver along with a draft pick.

    There will be many of teams interested, but along five really good fits that will both satisfy Harden's wants, and give the Vikings the value they want.

    With that in mind, here are 5 possible Percy Harvin trade scenarios.


Washington Redskins: Santana Moss and Fourth or Fifth-Round Pick

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    Santana Moss only has 525 yards receiving, but has caught seven touchdowns compared to Harvin's three despite limited action in a heavy wide receiver rotation. 

    Just like the resurgence Steve Smith had last year with Cam Newton, Moss has seemed much more explosive when given opportunities with a young quarterback like Robert Griffin III. 

    The Vikings would still lose in this trade no matter what if Harvin stays healthy, but Moss would be a great veteran presence in the slot for Minnesota's younger receivers like Jarius Wright and Stephen Burton, along with other receivers they could draft. 

    In Washington, Harvin's ability to run, showcased at Florida and in the past little over season and a half with 441 rushing yards would add a unique wrinkle while also improving the slot receiving position vacated by Moss. Harvin, Pierre Garcon, and Leonard Hankerson would be the most dangerous young trio of receivers in the league. 

New England Patriots: Wes Welker and Fourth or Fifth-Round Pick

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    Wes Welker will turn 32 in May and is an impending free agent, and the Patriots could look to get younger at the receiver position. 

    Meanwhile, the Vikings could use a consistent player to replace Percy Harvin. While Welker's age is a bit of a turn off, Harvin would probably not stay past next season, so only three or four years of Welker would still be better than one year of Harvin. 

    What remains to be seen is how productive Welker would be outside of New England, but Harvin's issues in Minnesota have limited his production as well. The draft pick could be used to add a player to return punts or kicks. 

    The Patriots bringing in Harvin would give them a young slot receiver with more explosiveness, and put less pressure on Tom Brady to be as perfectly accurate on his passes as he has to be with Welker. 

St. Louis Rams: Danny Amendola and Fourth or Fifth-Round Pick

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    Danny Amendola is only 27, has caught 57 passes on 85 targets (67%) for 634 yards and three touchdowns in only nine games, and has overcome two potentially devastating injuries in the past two years to be productive.

    He is a comparable player to Wes Welker, as he too went to Texas Tech and played the slot receiver role well there, and also went undrafted. 

    Amendola is not fast enough to be a return man who scares special teams coordinators, so the fourth or fifth round pick could be used to select an explosive player who could return punts or kicks, or maybe both. 

    Both Amendola and Harvin are impending free agents, so contracts would have to be worked out between both teams. St. Louis likes Amendola, but Harvin would provide a new level of explosiveness in their offense, and help them in the return game. 

    For Minnesota, Amendola has a great background as an unheralded player, and doesn't come with the relationship issues that Harvin has with the current Vikings regime. 

Cleveland Browns: Joshua Cribbs and Third-Round Pick

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    The Browns forfeited their second-round pick this year with the Josh Gordon pick in the Supplemental Draft so they could trade a 2014 second-round pick in another scenario.

    However, Cribbs can replace the special teams return value of Harvin, along with being a gadget play asset, but won't make plays in the passing game. 

    That is where the third-round pick would come in, as the Vikings could select Harvin's receiving replacement in the NFL Draft.

    With the slot receivers available, along with other picks to use to maybe get a consistent outside threat, the Vikings could fix all of their potential needs that would come from trading Hardin away. However, it would require Minnesota being very efficient with draft picks at the wide receiver position, something they haven't been consistent at since selecting Randy Moss in 1999. 

    Harvin, meanwhile, would be a great complement to Josh Gordon, whose impressive rookie season that has included 759 yards and 5 touchdowns despite limited time, more than a year off of football before joining Cleveland, and no secondary receivers to take the pressure off of him. 

    Imagine Harvin and Gordon as a duo for Brandon Weeden. It could help the Browns make a quick turnaround next season.

Miami Dolphins: Davone Bess and Fourth or Fifth-Round Pick

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    Davone Bess is on pace for a career season in his first year in Joe Philbin's offense. 

    However, the Dolphins are missing a more explosive option in the passing game, and Percy Harvin would provide them that while replacing Bess' spot in the lineup. 

    For the Vikings, Bess is a smaller, poor man's version of Anquan Boldin, and though he has only 12 career touchdowns including 1 currently this season, he can be a dependable option for Christian Ponder in the passing game. 

    In five seasons, he has only missed one game, while Harvin is a constant on the injury report. Plus, Bess is a much cheaper option at $2.633 million during the 2013 season, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

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