The Seahawks have added another uniquely talented, prodigiously productive option to their offense by acquiring Percy Harvin in a trade with the Vikings that was completed today.
The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Harvin is listed as a wide receiver, but also was used as a running back and kickoff returner in his four seasons in Minnesota. Exactly where he fits in an offense that already includes All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch, dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate is up to the imagination of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell – who also coached Harvin in 2009-10 while with the Vikings.
The Seahawks gave the Vikings three draft choices for Harvin, including the 25th pick overall and one of their seventh-rounders in next month’s NFL Draft and a third-round pick next year. They also signed the not-yet 25-year-old Harvin to a multi-year contract.
Coach Pete Carroll recruited Harvin out of Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va., while coaching at USC. Harvin was considered the top wide receiver prospect in the nation. But last season Carroll called him, “arguably the best player in America” at the time.
Harvin opted for Florida, where he helped the Gators win two BCS National Championships.
In four seasons with the Vikings, who selected him in the first round of the 2009 draft, Harvin caught 280 passes for 3,302 yards and 20 touchdowns, including an 87-catch season in 2011; ran the ball 107 times for 683 yards and four touchdowns, including 345 yards in 2011; and averaged 27.9 yards on 114 kickoff returns, including returns of 105, 104 and 101 yards for TDs.
Harvin arrived in Seattle on Monday night. Today, he passed a physical and signed his new contract, which were necessary to complete the deal.