According to a report by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Seattle Seahawks have made a trade for Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin for draft picks.
The Seahawks have not confirmed the deal, which cannot become official until the new league year officially begins on Tuesday.
Further, according to the report, the trade for Harvin, 24, won’t become official until he passes a physical. Harvin reportedly is on his way to Seattle today.
Seattle has 10 picks in this year’s draft, and head coach Pete Carroll said at his season-ending press conference that it was likely that all 10 picks would not make the 2013 roster. So Seahawks general manager John Schneider had some motivation to move a couple picks if he could get an impact player back in return.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the trade includes Seattle giving up its No. 25 overall, first round pick in this year’s draft, and that Harvin will receive a new deal in Seattle.
According to Glazer, Seattle is giving up a first round and seventh round pick in this year’s draft, along with a mid-round pick in 2014.
Harvin gives Seattle one of the best three-receiver sets in the league, and likely will play slot receiver, with Sidney Rice and Golden Tate out wide.
Harvin also reunites with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who served as his offensive coordinator in Minnesota.
However, Harvin does come with his share of baggage.
He finished last year on the injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury against Seattle last season. But the reason he finished 2012 on the shelf has more to do with a blowup with head coach Leslie Frazier in front of teammates, according to this report.
Harvin as one year left on his deal, and is set to make $2.755 million in base salary in 2013. But he reportedly wants an extension that would make him one of the highest paid receivers in the NFL
Harvin gives Seattle another explosive playmaker offensively, and could be work the risk of giving up draft compensation. Harvin’s injury issues could be lessoned by the fact that he would be more of a complementary player for Seattle, and therefore won’t be used as much.
Harvin also could spell Leon Washington in the return game.