Percy Harvin Trade vs. Anquan Boldin Trade: Which Was the Better Deal?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IMarch 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens won 34-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The day before NFL free agency began, the Seattle Seahawks added a dynamic, yards-after-the-catch sensation in Percy Harvin, and the San Francisco 49ers acquired a veteran wideout with amazing ball skills in Anquan Boldin

But which team made out better? 

Both NFC West clubs had a need at wide receiver, and weren't swift in decisions to obtain one. 

Let's start with an examination of the Seahawks' addition of Harvin. 


What Seattle got 

Harvin is electric when the ball is in his hands—his 8.7 YAC per reception was the highest in football in 2012. 

Although he wasn't utilized as a deep threat with the Minnesota Vikings, he possesses amazing straight-line speed—he ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the 2009 Scouting Combine.

In essence, he adds an explosive dimension to the Seahawks' already efficiently-balanced offense. His presence also gives Seattle plenty of possibilities from the pistol formation, especially when running the read option and after play-action fakes to Marshawn Lynch. 

However, Harvin was sidelined with an ankle injury for nearly half of the 2012 season. 


What Seattle gave up

As compensation for Harvin, the Seahawks sent 2013 first and seventh-round picks and a third-round pick in 2014 to the Vikings. 

That's steep. 

But for a team with an established franchise quarterback, running back, left tackle and plenty of talent on defense which was a few plays away from the NFC title game in 2013, now's the time to make a Super Bowl run. 

At face value, Harvin may not be worth those collection of picks, but the Seahawks' situation precipitated the deal. 

Lastly, Seattle will likely pay the wideout more than $10 million dollars per season, certainly not a cheap trade for Pete Carroll's team.


What San Francisco got 

Anquan Boldin won't run past anyone. In fact, he never really has. What he'll do is provide immense leadership in the locker room, show a willingness as a run-blocker and make ridiculously tough catches in traffic. 

Many believe the 49ers need a wideout to stretch the field, but Boldin, as was made obvious during the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run, can make huge plays down the field because of his amazingly strong hands. 

He'll be 33 in October, but he should have a few good years of football left. 


What San Francisco gave up

A measly sixth-round pick. For a team with 15 draft choices on the cusp of winning a Super Bowl, this was an absolute no-brainer. 

Sometimes, sixth-round picks don't even make the opening day roster. 


Winner: San Francisco 49ers

The Seahawks got what they wanted, and it's hard to bash their aggressive nature. But the collection of draft picks and the huge deal Harvin is likely to sign made it an expensive move. 

On the other hand, the 49ers moved an essentially meaningless late-round pick for a nice stopgap option at wide receiver who's coming off an incredible postseason run. 

Without a doubt, the San Francisco 49ers made the better trade.