Big news today that Vikings WR Percy Harvin wants to be traded from Minnesota. While it remains to be seen whether or not the Vikings would honor his request, Harvin sounds serious about moving out of town.
One day after expressing frustration over several unspecified issues with the Vikings, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Harvin has requested a trade. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Getting beyond the migraines, the unexplained illnesses and some of the other drama (the article explains most of it) that has surrounded Harvin … could the Jets be interested?
It’s hard to say, but I wouldn’t put it past the Jets to at least make a call to the Vikings. It’s no secret that they were very interested in trading back into the first round to pick up Harvin back in 2009 after they drafted Mark Sanchez. The Jets interest in moving up to the 21st spot, right ahead of the Vikings during the 2009 NFL Draft was described by a source at the time as “pretty aggressive.”
Of course a lot has changed since then for both the Vikings and the Jets. The Vikings are starting to rebuild themselves from the Brad Childress crater and might not be all that interested in caving into one of their star player’s demands by trading away such a valuable asset. Meanwhile the Jets have put together a commendable offense with the addition of Stephen Hill and even Chaz Schilens, along with the projected production of players already under contract who started to show promise last year – Jeremy Kerley and Joe McKnight.
But that’s on paper, Kerley and McKnight will have to step up to fill voids created in their offense since last year created by LaDainian Tomlinson and Plax. If the Jets traded for Harvin, it would limit the role that Jeremy Kerley and Joe McKnight would play going forward. Harvin would represent an already productive slot receiver who could double as an electric player on reverses or Wildcat plays and would provide a spark on Special Teams as well. Harvin had 345 yards on the ground in 52 carries last year in addition to his 967 yards via 87 catches.
Let’s also not forget the Gator factor. As I understand it, there’s a pretty prominent Gator alum that the Jets acquired this offseason that would have good chemistry with Harvin from their college days …
What do you think?
Thanks to Joe B. for the heads up!