What Does the Vikings' Percy Harvin Trade Mean for Adrian Peterson?

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistMarch 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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Last season, Adrian Peterson (aka the Incredible Hulk) carried the Minnesota Vikings on his bionic knee when Percy Harvin went down with an injury.

Looks like he'll be doing a lot more of the same in 2013.

According to Fox Sport's Jay Glazer (aka the Source), the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks have finalized a trade that sends Harvin to Seattle (pending Harvin passing a physical).

The trade appears to be a win-win.

The Seahawks get a huge weapon for their young quarterback, Harvin gets a fresh start (and likely a new contract) and the Vikings get a second first-round pick, a seventh-round pick, another mid-round pick in 2014 and one less headache.

What does Peterson get?

He gets to carry the load again this year.

Now, we'll have to see if the Vikings make a play Tuesday afternoon for a wide receiver to fill the void left by Harvin's departure. But until then, we have to assume the team will lean on Peterson quite a bit.

That's not much different than last year, but it's also not an ideal way to run an offense.

Peterson blows through stacked fronts like tissue paper, but we've seen the limits of what he can do. If the defense slacks off or Christian Ponder collapses, it's not always enough to win a game. This is true for any position on the offense—a great quarterback needs a great team around him—it's what makes the sport of football a true team sport.

That aside, Peterson will pretty much see the same fronts he did all of last year. He did it without Harvin before due to injury, and now he'll do it without him again.

That said, anything the team can do to help him out is a priority. Jerome Felton a free agent? Lock him up, because he was a huge part of Peterson's success.

Once Peterson got the the second level, it was nearly impossible to stop him. Felton's job was to get him to there, and he did it exceptionally.

Ultimately, though, things come down to Peterson again. Even if they bring in a free agent, or spend every single pick on wide receivers, these will be new additions.

Peterson will have to be the consistent center of the offense, one which Ponder, head coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will have to lean on again in 2013.


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