Percy Harvin is the long-term upgrade Seattle needed to make.
Bar-none, no bones about it, the Seahawks needed a dynamic play-making wide receiver, and now have maybe the most explosive player in the entire NFL.
If you’re going to do something, might as well do it right.
If you’re a fan who is reluctant to get excited about this deal, simply remember this. This is not the kind of move that John Schneider usually makes. Our front office likes to build a team slowly, methodically, through the draft and by out-scouting the rest of the league. Schneider and Pete Carroll wouldn’t have gone through with this deal, picked up the tab, which could end up being a contract upwards of $120 million, and given up three draft picks if they weren’t 100 percent bought in on what Harvin will bring to the Seahawks.
And in case you need a reminder of exactly what that is going to be, keep these things in mind:
Sidney Rice‘s most productive year — 1,312 yds, 8 TD — came in 2009 when he played opposite Percy Harvin, who had 790 yds and 6 TD of his own.
Harvin may be the league’s most dangerous kick returner, having already racked up 5 TD with a 27.9 yard per return average.
And, my favorite attribute: versatility. Not only has Harvin lined up at running back, but he also creates a situation for Seattle that can maximize the production from all of their wide receivers. A trend in the NFL when it comes to big receivers has been to move them around from the flanker to the split end, and even in the slot, where receivers like Brandon Marshall have proven they can be most dangerous. With a stretch-the-field receiver like Harvin joining Golden Tate, who would figure to line up as the slot but can also play split end, and Sidney Rice, the personnel match-ups are staggering.
One formation we may see could feature Marshawn Lynch and Harvin split in the backfield, with Russell Wilson running the read option. Harvin’s athleticism — he was ranked on SportsCenter by Jerry Rice as the second-most athletic player in the league — will most likely lead to more gadget plays, and one more weapon for Wilson as he’s moving in and out of the pocket.
All those benefits aside, the biggest contribution Percy will bring is a true balance offensively. The Seahawks already have a running back that defenses need to game-plan for. Now, a mobile quarterback and top-end speed receiver get added to the mix. If the tight end position continues to develop as it was at the end of the season, who do defenses shift their attention to? There is just too much this offense will be able to do, and with a little bit of misdirection and proper play calling, defensive coordinators will be cursing Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell’s names.
The only drawback, because I suppose there HAS to be one, is cost. Percy Harvin is going to cost a lost of money. To which I say, SO WHAT?! Percy Harvin is going to play wide receiver for an NFL team. Which means SOME team is going to pay him. Why not the team with the ninth best cap situation going into next year? If pass rush is your concern, the team will still be able to sign a decently productive one at relatively cheap dollars.
There are a couple other small holes that can be plugged between the Seahawks’ remaining free agency dollars and the draft, with room in the coming years to re-sign their key players: Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman.
This is a front office of smart football people, and savvy numbers experts. The powers that be say this is the right move to make, and the right time to make it. I couldn’t agree more, and I can’t wait to see that come to fruition this year, and in the years to come.
It’s time to win a championship.
It’s time to win several championships.
The dynasty starts right now.