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First and foremost for the Seahawks, there seems to be a need at wide receiver, or perhaps not.
Earlier this week the 'Hawks surprised everyone and took care of this one by trading for Percy Harvin.
But is the problem solved?
While Harvin certainly adds several new and exciting facets to the offense, I still believe the 'Hawks need a big receiver to help in the red zone.
At any rate I was willing to sign off on the deal, that is until I saw the financials.
According to Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times, Harvin's deal is $67 million over six years, with as much as $25.5 million guaranteed and he explains the situation as being a case where:
Seattle doubled down, giving out the biggest contract and giving up more in trade than any deal since Schneider became GM. The deal amounts to a test of Schneider's ability to determine the value of a player as well as coach Pete Carroll's ability to manage that player.
By now I'm sure you have heard all about Harvin's past and how with this new deal he will have a bright future in Seattle, but six years?
Granted football contracts aren't worth the paper they're printed on, but this deal sets a terrible precedent.
After showing flashes of brilliance mixed between injuries, Harvin teaches all of us that you can basically cry, kick and scream your way out of town and get traded to a contender who will "reward" you with a lucrative multi-year deal.
Honestly, what incentive is there for Harvin now that he's signed for six years with $25.5 million guaranteed?
I'm sure a good many of you feel Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, along with everyone else, will bring Harvin along just as the 'Hawks did with Marshawn Lynch and Bruce Irvin, but how long will the honeymoon last in this case?
Perhaps I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but deep down, how do you think young stars drafted by the team like Wilson, Russell Okung, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, who are earning a fraction of what Harvin will take home, feel about him getting that kind of money and years having just walked in off the street?
Everyone will say all the right things and smile for the camera, but beware.
Come training camp, Harvin better be on his best behavior and bring his A-Game, otherwise this deal could be one to regret.