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Percy Harvin Trade: Should the New York Jets Jump In?

June 21st, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Peter Schifani

Yesterday an unhappy wide receiver, Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings, requested a trade out of the land of 1,000 lakes. The New York Jets have stated they are happy with their complement of wide receivers. With Tim Tebow on the Jets roster, since Tebow and Percy Harvin were together in college at Florida, would the Jets look into a possible trade for the now unhappy camper? What would be the cost of a Percy Harvin trade?

'Military honored at Vikings game' photo (c) 2011, Minnesota National Guard - license: could very likely be nothing but a win-win for the New York Jets, depending upon who or what is traded away to acquire Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings. He would give the Jets another solid pass catching threat for not only Mark Sanchez, but an instant connection with Tim Tebow in the wildcat or red zone packages the Jets will likely employ Tebow in. The question is who, in terms of player(s) or what, in terms of draft pick(s) would the Vikings likely be asking for to acquire Percy Harvin's services. Any proposed deal would hopefully help to free up more cap space, even after adding in Percy Harvin's contract, which has two years remaining on it.

There is another reason this makes sense for the Jets to pursue is that Percy Harvin is a very good special teams weapon. If you added Percy Harvin into the mix with Joe McKnight and Jeremy Kerley, the Jets opponents won't know which player to target at any time on punt or kick-off returns. That would give any one of the three more opportunities to break off long gains or even more touchdown runs. The only real drawback to any trade for Percy Harvin may be that he has been a bit injury prone over the course of his three years in the league.

So it remains to be seen in the coming days and possibly weeks before training camp begins in July if the Jets will look to make any more moves to improve their overall roster. If they were to make a deal for Percy Harvin it would certainly give the Jets all the threats they need at wide receiver and even add another to special teams. The question is will he be a good fit after the trade or have another spat in two years once his rookie deal expires, if he is not given a new contract beforehand?

Note: It's also worth noting that reports about the Jets' intentions during the 2009 NFL Draft have said that the team was targeting Percy Harvin if they didn't complete the trade for the No. 5 overall pick, which was used on Mark Sanchez.


Tags: Football, Jeremy Kerley, Joe McKnight, Mark Sanchez, Minnesota Vikings, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Percy Harvin, Percy Harvin trade, Tim Tebow, wildcat

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