Pending a physical and contract agreement, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a deal that will send receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for three draft picks.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported the trade early Monday afternoon, a day before the beginning of the new league year.
The Seahawks and Vikings have agreed to a trade that send Harvin to Seattle for draft picks, pending Harvin passing a physical
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 11, 2013
With the Vikings inside the Packers’ division and the Seahawks worthy competition in the NFC, the Harvin trade impacts Green Bay on several levels.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Minnesota will acquire Seattle’s first-round pick in 2013, which would give the Vikings both the No. 23 and 25 picks in April’s draft. Both selections come before the Packers, who pick No. 26 overall.
- Vacating Harvin from the Vikings’ receiving depth chart leaves Minnesota scary thin at the position. Whether it’s through free agency or the draft (or both), the Vikings will have to add a player or two to be competitive at receiver in 2013. Could Greg Jennings be one option for Minnesota?
- The Packers no longer have to worry about facing Harvin twice a year, even if the versatile playmaker only averaged 3.7 catches for 44.5 yards in six career meetings against Green Bay. Keep in mind, Harvin also averaged almost eight yards a carry and nearly 26 a return. Losing Harvin—no matter who Minnesota picks in the first-round in April—hurts a division rival.
- With Harvin on board, Seattle would become one of the NFC favorites in 2013. They might have been without a weapon like Harvin. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice, an elite defense and Harvin makes a scary collection of talent.
- The Packers do not play Seattle in the regular season in 2013. The playoffs could be a different story.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.