Posted Wed Jun 20th by Jon Heath
Disgruntled Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has requested a trade, according to reports. Minnesota is not expected to agree and trade the fourth-year player because they are in “no position to make a deal” with a thin receiving corps.
It is unclear why Harvin is unhappy with his current situation — he suffered some migraines in 2010 and is due to make less than $3 million over the final two years of his contract, which may be contributing factors to his request.
The obvious question we ask is, should the Broncos pursue him, and will they? When Chad Johnson became available two weeks ago, we noted Denver’s lack of need at the wide receiver position and suggested that the team would pass on him. While Denver still has a lot of talented receivers, Harvin is a younger, different player.
If Tim Tebow — Harvin’s college teammate and quarterback — was still in Denver, it would be a match made in heaven. While Tebow is now in New York, the Broncos could still find a role for the versatile Harvin, especially with no front-runners on the roster to become Denver’s return specialist this season.
Since arriving in Minnesota, Harvin has held a role similar to the one he had at Florida, a receiver occasionally getting carries out of the backfield who handled kick return duties on special teams. Since he was drafted in 2009, Harvin has amassed 5,821 all-purpose yards and scored 24 touchdowns while recording five tackles on the side.
Harvin can do it all and he would come at a reasonable price. With the exception of veteran Brandon Stokley, none of the receivers on Denver’s roster have more than a few years of starting experience and as Coach John Fox likes to say, competition makes everyone better.
In an offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning, Harvin could learn under Stokley and has the potential to emulate The Slot Machine’s 2004 season when he caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 scores from the slot position. It is no secret that Manning makes even the worst receiver on the depth chart look golden, and he could do the same with Harvin, even if he was playing behind Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Andre Caldwell.
The most likely scenario is probably that the Vikings won’t budge and Harvin will stay in Minnesota, disgruntled. The second most-likely scenario would be Harvin landing with the Jets — Denver making a push for him seems to be an unlikely scenario.
What’s your take? Should the Broncos go after him? Is he worth the occasional headaches (literally and figuratively)? Dish out your thoughts in the comments!