The Seattle Seahawks, 27th in the NFL in passing yards a year ago, took a giant step toward repairing that number on Monday according to ESPN and other media sources. Percy Harvin, the electric receiver and punt returner for Minnesota the last four years, is about to become a Seahawk.
Harvin reportedly asked for a trade earlier in the off-season but Vikings general manager Rick Spielman had apparently nixed the idea. Apparently the Seahawks offer of this year's first round draft pick (the 25th overall) was enough to swing the conversation.
Harvin has 280 career catches for 3,330 yards and 20 touchdowns as a receiver. He also has 107 rushes for 633 yards and four scores for the Vikings. He is likely more famous, however, for his exploits as a kick returner. Over the course of his career Harvin has piled up a 27.9 yard kick return average with five touchdowns. Seahawks fans, long used to good kick return numbers from Leon Washington, will enjoy seeing the new guy in town even more.
Adding a caveat to the celebration, though, is Harvin's contract situation. The trade is contingent on Harvin and the Seahawks' ability to hammer out a deal that is amenable to both sides. Should they fail, Harvin is a Viking and the Hawks are drafting in the first round. Seahawks owner Paul Allen and general manger John Schneider will sharpen their pencils over the next couple of days to see what can be done.