Chip Kelly's offense is all about speed, whether it's the tempo or the utilization of fast weapons in order to outrun and outgun opposing defenses. That, and the simple fact that the sky would be the limit for Kelly with a player like Percy Harvin at his disposal, is why the Philadelphia Eagles would be crazy not to express interest in Harvin if indeed he's available on the trade market.
A report from Mike Max at WCCO in Minneapolis states exactly that, and there's nothing surprising about it when you consider the long history of rumors and reports that Harvin wasn't/isn't happy with his situation in Minnesota. Harvin also reportedly requested a trade last offseason.
Just imagine Harvin in Philadelphia, with Kelly able to use him in the slot, out wide and even in the backfield. He'd immediately turn an already talented offense into one of the hardest units to defend in football—especially if the team decided to hold onto both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Combine those two with Harvin and LeSean McCoy, and you have Kelly's NFL dream come true.
If you were Howie Roseman, what would you give up for Percy Harvin?
It's been estimated that with only one year remaining on his rookie contract, a talented and young, but also disgruntled, Harvin would cost a suitor either a second- or a third-round pick. In the Eagles' case, that would mean either the third pick of Round 2 or the fifth pick of Round 3.
Is Harvin, with his tremendous skills but also with his expiring contract and his less-than-stellar locker-room reputation, worth losing one of those picks? Throw in that the 24-year-old has made it through only one full season out of four, and it truly is a difficult question.
It will also probably be stipulated that Harvin and his new team agree to a long-term deal before a trade is finalized. That would be good news for Eagles fans who don't feel a top-end draft pick would be worth surrendering for a rent-a-player. Philadelphia certainly will have some money to spend, but that's a big commitment to a guy who has reportedly locked horns with each of his last two head coaches.
But you often have to take bold chances in order to win in this league, and on paper, Harvin and the Eagles makes sense from almost every standpoint. This might be one of those cases in which the potential reward is worth the risk in terms of both finance and stability.