NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa
The combination of Tom Brady and Percy Harvin would be lethal—there’s no debating that. In fact, this tandem of quarterback and wide receiver would be something that you could only imagine happening in a video game. However, there is a possibility that Harvin could wind up in a New England Patriots uniform in 2013.
According to CBS Minnesota, the Minnesota Vikings will attempt to trade their star wide receiver this offseason.
Per CBS Minnesota:
Sources tell WCCO’s Mike Max that the No. 1 reason Percy Harvin left the team this season was not his injury, but it was motivated by a blowup he had with Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier…
…The Vikings will try to trade him, Max reports, as Harvin does have market value.
With Harvin reportedly having a “blowup” with head coach Leslie Frazier, it’s certainly hard to foresee Harvin spending next season in a Vikings uniform.
There are plenty of teams that would be interested in the services as Harvin—and the Patriots could definitely be one of them.
Whether New England is interested or not, we can’t deny the fact that Harvin would be a perfect fit with Brady in New England’s offensive attack.
As I posted yesterday, the future of Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd is certainly shaky and that they’re not “locks” to return for the upcoming season could indicate that the Patriots might pursue the 24-year-old Vikings wide receiver.
This isn’t the first time that Bill Belichick and the Patriots will have a shot at landing the former Florida Gator. Back in the 2009 NFL Draft, New England had the 23rd overall pick—as Harvin was selected by Minnesota at 22nd overall, the Patriots immediately traded out of No. 23 and dropped back to No. 26.
You might describe this as a coincidence but I tend to believe that Belichick was interested in Harvin.
New England potentially could have the wide receiver combination of Harvin, Welker, Lloyd and Julian Edelman as well as tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in 2013—but that’s assuming that Welker and Edelman are both resigned. If you ask me, the only way the Patriots target Harvin is if they plan on parting ways with Welker.
Welker and Harvin are both primarily slot receivers, as Harvin played a total of 59.8 percent of his snaps in the slot this past season, I’d like to think that Harvin would be quite the replacement to the soon-to-be 32-year-old Welker.
Harvin appeared in just nine games this past season for Minnesota as he recorded 62 receptions on 85 targets while accumulating 677 yards and scoring four total touchdowns.
Harvin is what I’d like to think the perfect fit for New England’s offense. He reminds me much like Aaron Hernandez, as Harvin is incredibly versatile as he can not only line up as the Z but he can play along the numbers or even run the ball out of the backfield.
There’s no secret that Belchick loves versatility and coughing up a third round draft pick for Harvin and his one-year, $2.9 million contract would be quite the deal for New England.