Seattle Seahawks Could Become the Favorite in NFC by Acquiring Percy Harvin

Old AccountSenior Writer IMarch 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 NFL offseason landscape received quite the surprising news on Monday afternoon when it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks were in hot pursuit of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.

According to Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer, the Vikings have agreed to send Harvin to the Seahawks for a pair of draft picks. A physical is pending.

While there is still plenty of time left in negotiations, the Seahawks could very well become the NFC's best when then Harvin deal is completed. Granted, there are concerns about his durability during an entire season, but the upside is worth the risk for Seattle.

Although the defensive line has been viewed as the unit in need of a major upgrade, many forget that the receiving corps surrounding Russell Wilson gave him minimum production throughout the year. Sidney Rice never lived up to his contract, and Doug Baldwin isn't capable of becoming a receiver that can carry an entire passing game.

Harvin will be entering an offense that he is quite familiar with from his time in Minnesota. Darrell Bevell was Harvin's offensive coordinator before coming to Seattle, and his experience with the receiver surely pushed Seattle towards completing this deal.

One can imagine how more explosive Harvin will make this offense—a unit where the running game was one of the best in the league. In a quarterback-friendly league, an explosive deep threat brings this young offense one step closer towards becoming elite.

Despite that move, the Seahawks may very well not be finished with their busy offseason. The injury to Chris Clemons in the playoffs will bring a sense of urgency towards signing a defensive end. There are plenty of veteran options, ranging from Dwight Freeney to John Abraham. Although, the Seahawks could continue to use the draft to find elite talent on defense, which they have done quite well as of late.

If there was any gap between the San Francisco 49ers and their rival in Seattle, the Percy Harvin deal could make the ultimate difference when it comes to winning a championship next year.

Ultimately, the emergence of an explosive offense, along with an elite defense that continues to improve, could very well lead to the Seahawks becoming the team to beat in 2013.