As reported by multiple sources, the Seahawks have agreed to a trade with the Vikings for wide receiver Percy Harvin. The price is steep — Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Seattle will give up a first and a seventh round pick in this year's draft plus a (possibly conditional) mid-round pick in 2014 — but there's a lot to love here. Harvin was a favorite weapon of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell when he worked for Minnesota, and it's probably a safe bet that Bevell will once agan be using him in a variety of ways (think WR/RB Randall Cobb over in Green Bay).
There's some downside here, naturally. Harvin has some health concerns, including periodic bouts of migraines and an ankle injury that limited him to nine games last year. He also has just one year left on his contract, and keeping him beyond this season will likely require a big-money contract. That last item doubly concerning because Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Breno Giacomini, Michael Robinson, and others also have just one year left on their contracts. Unless Schneider can get some new contracts done on the cheap, some hard choices are going to have to be made in 2014.
Still, it's hard not to be excited about the possibilities here. Harvin is a supremely athletic player who can turn on a dime and accelerate up to his full speed in a heartbeat (he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.41 seconds). He caught 62 passes last year with only one drop, and while he doesn't run the ball a lot (107 rushing attempts in 54 games, or 1.98 att/g) he's made good on his opportunities, averaging 6.38 yds/att. I foresee a lot of jersey sales in Harvin's future.
This trade may not bode well for Tate, who on paper looks a lot like a poorer version of Harvin. Both excel in the short passing game and are elusive runners who are at their most dangerous when they get the ball in their hands with enough space to make some moves, but Tate has just one strong season to Harvin's four, injuries notwithstanding. That doesn't necessarily mean Tate won't remain with the team past this season, but if he does he'll likely have to accept a reduced role in the offense and probably relinquish his starting job as well. Still, this is a contract year for Tate, and whether he's auditioning for a new contract with the Seahawks or some other team, the pressure to perform just went up.
UPDATE (6:44): Pro Football Weekly reports that the 2014 pick is a third round selection.