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Coincidentally, Percy Harvin's last game as a Viking, was against his new team.
While the subtraction of wide receiver Michael Jenkins can be seen as a positive, the trade of Percy Harvin is a huge loss for the Minnesota Vikings—at least until we see what general manager Rick Spielman does with the picks he received from Seattle.
On one hand, there's no question that Percy Harvin is one of the most talented all-around players in the NFL. In his four seasons with the Vikings, he set the franchise mark with five kickoff returns for a touchdown. His ability to line up anywhere on the field made him a dangerous weapon in the Vikings offense.
On the other hand, in only one of those seasons was he able to play in all 16 games. Before suffering a sprained ankle in Week 9 against the Seahawks, he was leading the NFL in all-purpose yards, and his name was being included in conversations for MVP. Part of the problem is that Harvin plays hard, and looks to deliver hits instead of avoiding them.
Perhaps he took exception to Leslie Frazier's comments early last season that the Vikings needed to limit his touches for his own protection. Frazier called Harvin reckless, stating that the 200-pound receiver doesn't hold anything back.
With the latest collective bargaining agreement in place with a rookie wage scale, it seemed like a long shot that the Vikings would be able to get a first-round draft pick for Harvin. But Spielman was able to get three picks, including not only Seattle's first-round pick, but also a seventh-rounder this year and a third-rounder next season. On paper, the deal looks at least like a draw at this point.
They gain the 25th pick in the 2013 draft. The Vikings drafted Harvin with the 22nd pick of the 2009 draft. Of course, because of his questionable history, he fell to the 22nd pick.
With a draft deep in wide receivers, the Vikings will need to find another player talented enough to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year as Harvin did.
Grade: Incomplete—mainly because how the Vikings replace Harvin will decide the grade. Plenty of people are hoping this doesn't lead to another Troy Williamson.