Harvin Trade Rumors Ramp Up and More NFC North News
Much like the NFL, the Percy Harvin drama never has an offseason.
Over the weekend, rumors that the team might be looking to move the mercurial wide receiver emerged—the Star Tribune's Dan Wiederer summarized the possibility of trading Harvin in a recent column—and given the history of the Harvin-Vikings romance, it doesn't shock me.
On the one hand, things looked better for most of the season, until Harvin was hurt and then it seemed like whatever had been going right went off the rails.
On the other hand, this has been a drama played out over numerous seasons, Harvin's contract is almost up and you can easily argue that if he's this unhappy, he's gone at the end of the contract anyway.
Why not get some picks for him?
I have argued before that stripping Christian Ponder of his one reliable receiver is a poor idea and I stand by that.
Which means that if you trade Harvin, you'd better have a plan to help Ponder out.
So the question then becomes, could removing Harvin be a way to free cap space for someone else? Someone like Greg Jennings?
I've said before Jennings would be a good fit for the team and that the two biggest hurdles were money and Harvin's potential reaction.
Well, this would definitely erase any concern about Harvin's reaction. Trading Harvin would also free up about $4 million in cap space.
The Vikings are already well under the cap, at about $108 million spent out of the 2013 cap of $121 (including $9.6. million in 2012 rollover).
This would pull the team well within the space they will likely need. They might get outbid, but they would be in the ballpark.
As always, it's hard to know for sure what is going on. "Sources" always have their own agenda and in this case we can imagine this could stem from Harvin's agent. We won't find out from the team as it does them no good to come out and admit it.
With the combine coming up, we should hear some more about this—along with scouting incoming rookies, the combine is always a stop-n-shop for trades and a good place to gauge interest.
One way or another though, the Vikings need to settle this once and for all before it becomes a big distraction.
Before we move on to the rest of the NFC North news, I just wanted to give you a heads up. With the news slowing down for the time being, I'll likely cut these links pieces back to about three times a week. That way we can spend more time on focused content and pick this back up more frequently when the draft hits.
Welcome to the offseason of the NFL.
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports that Tim Jennings hit a nice escalator in his contract after a Pro Bowl season.
Biggs also continues his breakdown of the state of various Bears positional groups. Today he hits the cornerback position.
MLive.com's Anwar Richardson says the Lions will be looking to bring in players with leadership skills this offseason.
Richardson also writes that the team has to deal with the lack of talented depth at wide receiver.
However big the contract might be, Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette says it's worth it.
Chris Gates discusses what the team might do with Phil Loadholt over at the Daily Norseman.
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