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Morning links: All smiles for Harvin

Post by Eric Williams on March 13, 2013 at 7:23 am with 19 Comments »
March 13, 2013 7:23 am
Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin speaks at a news conference at the team's headquarters Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks completed their trade with Minnesota to acquire the wide receiver in exchange for a trio of draft picks. Seattle announced the finalization of the trade on Tuesday afternoon once the NFL's league year began. The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak and reunite him with former teammate Sidney Rice and former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Percy Harvin speaks at a news conference at the team’s headquarters Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks completed their trade with Minnesota to acquire the wide receiver in exchange for a trio of draft picks. Seattle announced the finalization of the trade on Tuesday afternoon once the NFL’s league year began. The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak and reunite him with former teammate Sidney Rice and former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that for now, it will be hard to wipe the smile off the face of new Seattle Seahawk Percy Harvin.

However, McGrath says the test for Harvin will be how long the smile remains while in Seattle, who brings with him a checkered past from Minnesota.

McGrath: “The Seahawks essentially have swapped their first-round draft choice for an upgraded version of Reggie Bush, a hybrid wonder fundamentally rooted in the power of Bo Jackson and the grace of Marshall Faulk.

There’s much to like, a little bit to fear, and everything to watch.

I just hope he keeps the smile.”

Here’s my story from Tuesday’s Harvin press conference.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Harvin deal represents the biggest gamble of the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Harvins adds one more versatile piece to the puzzle offensively for Seattle.

Art Thiel of writes that the Harvin deal sets Seattle up to compete with San Francisco for NFC West supremacy.

Harvin appears on the NFL Network in this video link.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland breaks down the Harvin deal here. Barnwell: “From Seattle’s perspective, they’re acquiring a special talent. Harvin was downright brilliant at times during the first half last season, and his 2012 numbers extrapolated to a full season are terrifying: 110 catches, 1,204 receiving yards, 171 rushing yards, and seven touchdowns. It feels like he’s been around forever, but Harvin is still just 24 years old; the Seahawks will give him a long-term deal that will end before Harvin’s even out of his peak seasons. The one thing the Seattle offense might have lacked last year was a downfield burner, and Harvin is one of the quickest young receivers in football. And that was with Ponder at quarterback; imagine how good Harvin will look with Russell Wilson throwing him passes!”

Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press talks with Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder, who says he had no issues with Harvin. Ponder: “Seattle wins, because they get him. Percy wins — he got a new contract, which was what he really has been wanting. And we win, because we get some good draft picks. People have their opinions. There were things I could have done better (last season). But now that he’s on a different team, his opinion doesn’t really mean much.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Russell Wilson received $222,000 in pay for performance from the rookie performance pool, more than half of his $405,000 base salary for 2012.

ESPN’s Igor Guryashkin talks with Seahawks new tight end Darren Fells about signing with Seattle.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. discusses Leon Washington moving on in this video link.

You can follow all the moves around the league here with the’s free agency tracker.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    *This* is the biggest gamble? O’Neil must have already forgotten about starting a rookie 3rd round QB to start the season last year.

  2. yankinta says:

    Yeah, I think that paying that high of a price for Charlie Whitehurst (unproven 3rd string QB) was just as high as this.

    I hope JS is getting calls from the Bills for Matt Flynn. I would not trade Flynn for nothing less than a 2nd round pick. Hopefully, we can trade that 2nd round pick with someone for 2014 1st round pick.

  3. Bush is a good comparison. Pete wanted PH at SC and I expect to see a Saints style Bush use.

  4. After Schneider executes yankintas ideas, his next feat will be to transform straw into gold. His story will then be told to kids of future generations.

  5. Ha, love the comments. I’m guessing that Russell Wilson was in the film room early this morning studying film of Percy Harvin, and perhaps studying how Drew Brees uses Reggie Bush.

  6. Do we have any D linemen scheduled to visit town?

    I’m not a Mell Kiper fan, but I just noticed his mock draft has the Vikings selecting DT Sylvester Williams with our former pick at 1/25. That’s the kind of DT this team could use, and will need desperately if we end up losing Alan Branch.

  7. CDHawkFan says:

    I don’t see the decision to start RW as a gamble unless they knew they were starting him before he was ready (like many 1st round QB). They saw him up close for months and determined he was better than Flynn which was their only other option at the time. I guess you can say the same about Harvin, Bevell has seen him up close and in the locker room so maybe that isn’t the gamble in terms of his attitude, maybe its more of the size of the contract to a WR that is the gamble. I would say all the high salaries, including Megatron is a bit of a gamble.
    Yankinta (and you are not alone), people with better connections to the NFL than anyone on this blog seem to think Flynn has no/little market appeal. I still don’t know how you can keep beating the Flynn for a 2nd drum. Alex Smith went for a 2nd. Why should Flynn bring as much in return? The supply and demand angle doesn’t work as it appears the demand for Flynn isn’t there. I would think its probably more in the 6th or 7th range after this years draft if at all (a team willing to take a flyer or to provide competition), and at that value, I say keep him.

  8. Flynn isn’t getting traded for a premium draft choice. His salary is too high, Fitzpatrick is on the market, and Kolb and maybe Palmer could be available soon.

    I’d trade Flynn to Buffalo for TJack, plus whatever draft pick Buffalo wants to throw in. The priority is to ditch Flynn’s rich salary and spend that $ on defense, while also securing an experienced backup.

  9. bsinnitt says:

    My first impression was that we gave up more than we needed to to get Harvin. After having gotten past the initial shock of such an unexpected move and after listening to Schneider’s explanation equating to their draft board, this looks like another savy move. I’m already salivating for the start of the season and we haven’t hit the draft yet. If we can turn our 8 picks into 5-6 solid contributors we’ll be looking amazingly good for next season.

  10. surelyyoujest says:

    Gamble? Really, the biggest gamble I see here is for injury, but that applies to any deal and any player… just hurts more the more you pay. It’s certainly possible the alleged attitude issues resurface, but my bet is they don’t. Time will tell.

    I would agree wholeheartedly that starting a rookie QB was far more courageous than inking PH. You know what you’re getting with PH. We didn’t really know for sure about RW until we were well into the season.

  11. surelyyoujest says:

    I don’t think you ditch Flynn until you’ve just signed his replacement. Letting him go without knowing what your backup position is if RW gets hurt seems far too risky when you have a team that could go to the Superbowl with a quality QB (and backup). This is the NFL. People get hurt.

  12. SaigonSun says:

    Yankita, tough crowd on this blog; don’t You think? I say : from Your keyboard to God’s ears/eyes. Love that positive thinking.
    PS: Brother, can You send me some of that stuff You’re doing. I really can use some. You can get my address from the Insider’ staff. Thanks Bro :-)

  13. yankinta says:

    SaigonSun, I’m used to it. I got killed when I said, I jumped out of my couch screaming like we won the SuperBowl, when we picked up RW with 75th overall pick last year and started telling people, we now have our Franchise QB for the next 10+ years.

    90% of the People on this tread called me crazy and other names… lol. now look at where we are.

  14. seatowntp says:

    I would venture that we still do not fully know what we have in RW! He just keeps progressing, evolving, and demonstrating excellence in unrevealed facets of his game.

  15. yankinta says:

    Let me just say this to those that are worried about backup QB.

    First of all, if RW gets hurt for more then 3-4 games, we will not get to SB, period. Not with Flynn or any other backup QB.

    Secondly, If RW, gets hurt for 1-2 games, our Team is good enough to carry any Backup QB to have a chance in those 1-2 games.

    Thirdly, RW will not get hurt. He is not a running QB. He runs to pass the ball. Colin K. will get hurt before RW does. you can mark my words!!

  16. RW can get hurt, anybody can. SEA can get to the SB with Flynn at the helm, but not with TJax. I wouldn’t trade Flynn for less than (2) 1sts. I’d take Harvin over S.Williams any day. Will miss Jason Jones.

  17. lol, yes. Everyone Dies so RW will die too. We should keep Matt Flynn, in case RW dies.

  18. I like Flynn. I want him to get his chance to start. I also do not wish to have a crappy backup, as injuries DO happen to starting qb’s (despite what some who know nothing about football say), and teams with decent backups can recover and make playoff runs. Hell, sometimes the backup even wins a Super Bowl (Tom Brady, eh?!), though its rare and in Brady’s case he was far younger than the guy he replaced.

    Personally, if the world ended (ie, Wilson got hurt), I would be PISSED if we had no decent backup and the team went into a death spiral. There is nothing more boring than a fine team with a crapy qb hamstringing them, unless its a crappy team with a crappy qb.

    With Flynn, at least we would still be fun to watch, and win a bunch of games. We might even be contenders. Without him as backup, if Wilson went down, our whole season would be a disaster; Im not willing to sit through a year like that for a fourth round pick. Not worth it.

    While winning the big game is the goal, I would prefer a year where we contended and fell short with a good backup to a year where we sucked once our starter went down.

    So if they trade Flynn for a third or better or a good DL, Im cool with that. If they keep him, Im totally cool with that as well.

  19. bbnate420 says:

    Bringing TJack here for Flynn would only save 1 mil in cap space in 2013 and 2 mil in cap space in 2014.

    Surprises happen, but it seems to be the case that none of the other 31 teams feel about Flynn the way the majority of people here do.

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