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Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade for Percy Harvin?

It was reported today that the Vikings have had enough with Percy Harvin, and will likely look to trade him this offseason. A report from a local Minnesota news outlet states that Harvin and head coach Leslie Frazier had a “blowup” and are not on good terms, and therefore the team is looking to move on without Harvin on the team. Harvin was well on his way to a 1000 yard season in 2012 before injuries, and an apparent issue with the head coach, ended his year prematurely.

So is this a player the Buccaneers should pursue in a trade? There are teams out there that will have a bigger need at the wide receiver position than the Buccaneers, but that shouldn’t prohibit the Bucs from entering discussions with the Vikings. Harvin is a dynamic athlete who runs good routes and shows excellent hands, and also contributes well as a return man. He would be an great fit in the slot for Tampa Bay, as he would be able to stretch the field and find seams in defenses, forcing opponents to focus on the speed of Harvin matched up against a nickel or dime defensive back. This would potentially open up more space for Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, as any of the three receivers could make a play deep down the field. Defenses would have a nightmare of a time accounting for all three receiving options for the Buccaneers, if this trade were to go down.

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The question is, what would the Vikings demand for their star receiver? He is going to be a free agent in 2014, and will likely demand much more than the 3 million dollars he is set to make in 2013. The limited time left on his deal takes a chunk out of his trade value, but a season of Percy Harvin is still a  valuable trade chip for Minnesota. A high draft pick will likely be the cost for the former Gator star, so consider the cost for the Buccaneers to have to surrender a top 50 draft pick for Percy.

A majority of the teams that will discuss a trade for Harvin will do so in hopes of locking him up long-term, but this is something that would be unwise for the Buccaneers. With Mike Williams out of contract after 2013, as well, it would be unwise to shell out big contracts to both receivers. If the Buccaneers believe that they will not reach an agreement with Williams before 2013 begins, then bringing in Harvin gives them another in-house receiver with whom they can negotiate a long-term contract. However, it could also upset Williams to be “replaced”, and give Harvin free reign to the Buccaneers checkbook in negotiations. Should the Buccaneers be approaching a deal with Williams already, they will likely leave thoughts of a Harvin deal to other front offices, and focus on finding a cheaper, less injury-prone slot receiver.

As a Gator fan, I would love to see Percy Harvin in red and pewter, but I also understand the complications and risks. Harvin would likely be a one year rental in Tampa Bay, and I would hate to see the Buccaneers compromise the 2013 draft to get a season’s worth of a slot receiver.  It would be wise for Mark Dominik to call the Vikings and kick the tires, but I doubt that Harvin will be returning to play football in central Florida this offseason.

Would you trade for Percy Harvin? If so, what would you give up to get him? And please don’t say LeGarrette Blount, the Vikings have the best running back in the NFL and a more than competent backup.

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  • disqus_bBFSnS1WO4

    Trade Mike Will + a 2nd

    • Leo

      I would hope we’d get more in return for that. Mike Will straight up for Harvin is pretty fair, considering that Williams stays healthy and is similarly talented.

  • Guest

    For the right price, absolutely. But disqus, I guarantee you the Bucs would never move Mike Williams for him. Imo, Mike is better than Harvin, and at worst he’s just as good. Let’s not forget the chemistry factor. He’s played his whole career with Josh Freeman and the two are looking more and more comfortable together. He knows our system and our QB better than Harvin. Don’t underestimate the value of that.
    That being said, though, a VJax/Williams/Harvin receiving corps would look great. Harvin is more of a slot receiver anyway. He’s also an explosive returner, something we’ve lacked for a while now. And let’s not forget he knows how to play runningback, so Doug could get a breather while Harvin plays that speed complement role.
    I’d offer something among the lines of LeGarrette Blount + 2013 2nd rounder + 2014 1st rounder.

    • Leo

      Why would the Vikes want Blount? He’d be cut before the season started! They have a fullback and two running backs all way better than him, and Blount is a restricted free agent anyways.

      and rumors are it will only take a 2nd or a 3rd. So no need to throw in a future first. I doubt it will happen, but the idea of that receiving corps is very exciting.

    • Matthew Clark

      Just draft Tavon Austin and you get all of what you want out of Harvin for 1 draft pick and would have a player with a good attitude and no injury history to speak about.

  • donnie johnson

    In 2011, Harvin caught 87 balls for nearly 1,000 yards, picked up the slack when Peterson went down, running for 350 yards on a scintillating 6.6 yards per carry and led the league with 32.5 yards per kick return. In the first two months of the 2012 season before he got hurt, he was the best player in the NFL and on pace for more than 1,400 receiving yards, 200 rushing yards, and 1,200 kick return yards. I can’t imagine how the Vikings could ever get equal value for this guy. I’m sure some lucky team out there will figure out how to make it work though.

    • Leo

      For sure. Some team is going to get a lot better by adding Harvin. They’ll just have to hope he stays healthy.

  • RussMillerWY

    I would say someone in Harvin’s position wouldn’t command more than a mid-round pick. It’s rare to see veteran players get traded for anything higher than a 4th rounder these days. The Pats got Randy Moss for a 4th. I’d like to see Regis Benn and Sammie Stroughter (hopefully he’ll return) get some playing time in the slot again. I’m not convinced they wouldn’t be as good or better as Underwood or another free agent. Stroughter had a fantastic rookie year and Benn seems too big and strong (he’s built like a tallish running back) to be as fragile as his recent injuries suggest. In fact, Benn seems very similar to Harvin in that respect, a wr-rb hybrid. I see Harvin holding out for a starting position on a team that’s needy enough to extend his contract with a blockbuster deal. Miami would be ideal.

    • Leo

      The Patriots are another likely destination.

  • Kevin Schmidt

    Get a WR in the draft. We need secondary help bad, and also a DC that knows how to adjust in the second half and fourth quarter wouldn’t hurt either…

    • Leo

      I tend to agree. Sign a cheaper WR or get one in the draft. Either way, it’s fun to throw the idea around of adding such a dynamic athlete.

  • bucwild85

    percy harvin is more a “headache” than he is worth lol

  • Matthew Clark

    A thousand times NO. Draft Tavon Austin and you will have your Harvin with a much smaller contract under team control for the next half decade. You also get a solid team player who doesn’t go off on his coaching staff.

    • Leo

      Not sold that Austin is as dynamic. But he’s also more affordable. Not sure we need to spend that high of a draft pick on a wr tho when we need so much defense and a tight end.