Should Jags Pursue WR Percy Harvin? Vikings Reportedy Seeking Trade

Bruce HorovitzContributor IIIFebruary 11, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings returns a kick during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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The new look Jacksonville Jaguars have already said "no" to Tim Tebow, but what about WR Percy Harvin, Tebow's electrifying teammate from the University of Florida?

Reports out of Minnesota are that the Vikings will seek to trade Harvin this offseason, according to

The beleaguered Harvin ended the NFL season on the Vikings' injured reserve with an ankle injury.

If the rumors are true, Jaguars fans may be clamoring for owner Shad Khan to bring the former Gator standout to Jacksonville.

The Jaguars have spent the past month re-inventing themselves after coming off the worst season in franchise history (2-14). In the past 30 days the Jaguars have hired a new general manager (David Caldwell), a new head coach (Gus Bradley) and even changed the team logo.

Caldwell made news his first day on the job as GM when he announced the Jaguars had no interest in pursuing hometown hero Tim Tebow.

Harvin, however, presents another set of circumstances.  He is a proven talent at the NFL level as both a wide receiver and return specialist.  His five career kickoff returns for touchdowns are a Vikings' franchise record.

Harvin, who was the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, brings a full cart of baggage along with his blinding speed. He has been injury prone throughout his college and pro career and has suffered from migraines which have sidelined him on numerous occasions.

Then there is the emotional baggage. Harvin has been rumored to have had meltdowns with Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier and former Vikings coach Brad Childress.

The Jaguars, who face any number of personnel issues, have yet to tip their hand regarding any roster decisions.

If there were any bright spots for the Jaguars in their dismal season, it was at the wide receiver  position. First round draft pick Justin Blackmon showed periods of promise in his rookie campaign, while Cecil Shorts III developed into a big play threat while leading the team in receptions.

However, the future of WR Laurent Robinson (concussion) remains uncertain and the Jaguars lack any prospect as a return specialist.

New GM Caldwell has indicated the Jaguars intend on sticking with QB Blaine Gabbert for the immediate future, per Pro Football Talk. If so, Gabbert will need help.

If Harvin does end up on the trading block, the Jaguars will have to decide if he's worth the price.'s Chris Wesseling estimates that an extended contract for Harvin would likely be more than $10 million per season.

Harvin, who played on the Gators'  BCS National Championship teams in 2006 and 2008, would likely be a popular choice for Jaguar fans, some of whom are still angry at the perceived snubbing of Tebow.

With free agency and the NFL draft on the horizon, the Jaguars will now have to focus on the product they put on the field. Whether Percy Harvin is in that mix remains to be seen. It's a highly unlikely scenario given all the factors facing this franchise.