Last week, I made a recommendation for the Seattle Seahawks to trade for a big-name wide receiver like Larry Fitzgerald. But after breaking news, Seattle has a much better opportunity to get that type of talent.
While he still needs to grow in maturity, this would be an unbelievable opportunity for Seattle to add another weapon for the young quarterback Russell Wilson. While the Seahawks may use their draft picks to focus on defense and the offensive line, they can make this trade and offer a decent contract for the versatile receiver.
At 24, Harvin has shown he can double as a deep threat and a kick return specialist. Last season, he only played nine games but had 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns.
His best season was in 2011 when Harvin caught 87 passes for 967 yards and six touchdowns. In addition, Harvin has five career kick returns for touchdowns. But there's a chance Seattle would want to keep him primarily as a wide receiver.
Now the question would be what Seattle would have to give up for a player like Harvin. There's no doubt Minnesota would like to have a few of Seattle's draft picks this year. There's also a chance Seattle could package Leon Washington into the deal.
This could also be a perfect time to package Matt Flynn into a deal for Harvin, giving the Vikings someone who can actually throw the ball well. No offense to Christian Ponder, but he isn't quite what you would call franchise-quality.
And while I would hate this move because I respect the guy so much off the field, the Seahawks could pique the Vikings' interest by including receiver Doug Baldwin with some draft picks. He has stepped up as a solid slot-option receiver.
Those are just three ideas for players Seattle could offer with draft picks. Seattle could throw out all three options and see what Minnesota likes best. Some fans might prefer trading away either Washington or Baldwin to keep Flynn as an insurance plan if Wilson gets hurt next season.
But if I were a betting man, Minnesota would probably like to upgrade the quarterback position. A still-unproven Flynn is a whole lot better than what we've seen from the current Vikings starting quarterback.
Seattle was ranked 27th in the NFL in passing yards per game, and I feel Seattle needs to open up the passing playbook. If this deal is done, the Seahawks would add Harvin into a strong solid receiving corps that includes Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and tight end Zach Miller.
This would be the type of deal that would make fans and management happy. It's just a matter of who the Seahawks will package in their trade offer.
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