NFL Trade Speculation: Why the 49ers Should Value Harvin Over Revis
In the deal, the Chiefs received the quarterback they desperately needed while the 49ers received the 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft as well as a conditional mid-round pick in 2014.
Those two picks raised San Francisco's number of draft picks to a mind-blowing 15.
If the 49ers were a team in rebuilding, keeping those picks makes sense. However, this was a team that has contended for the Lombardi Trophy in each of the past two seasons but fell short.
Revis would provide the Niners' third-ranked defense with another weapon that already includes Patrick Willis, Aldon Smtih and NaVorro Bowman.
Who would be a more valuable addition to the San Francisco 49ers?
The cause for the 49ers' demise was the lack of weapons on offense. Outside of a solid rushing attack and Michael Crabtree, there was nothing to exploit the Ravens defense en route to a second straight heartbreaking postseason loss.
That's why Percy Harvin should be valued more than Revis.
There have been conflicting reports on whether the Vikings are willing to part with the mercurial receiver, but with the ammunition the 49ers have, it's worth a shot.
Adding Harvin would take this offense to the next level as Colin Kaepernick would have a security blanket that would prove more effective than Vernon Davis was in 2012, while also freeing up Crabtree outside the numbers.
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There is the issue of Harvin's behavior against the Vikings' staff, but Jim Harbaugh has dealt with several volatile players and situations in his first two years as a head coach. That will ensure that the only problems that will come with Harvin are how opposing defenses are going to cover him.
A 26-year-old wide receiver with baggage is a safer bet than a 28-year-old cornerback coming off of reconstructive knee surgery as well.
With the Niners' stash of draft picks, it will present an attractive package for the Vikings who may be inclined to pull the trigger on a deal.
It's something that will benefit San Francisco more than the short-term boost of acquiring Revis, who also wants a major pay raise.
A trade for Harvin makes more sense if the Niners want to build a dynasty.
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