After four tumultuous years playing for the Minnesota Vikings, former Florida Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded on Monday to the Seattle Seahawks for a compensation package including the team’s No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft and other draft selections.
The trade is contingent on Harvin passing Seattle’s physical and agreeing to a new multi-year contract with the Seahawks. The Vikings also received a 2013 seventh-round pick as well as a 2014 “mid-round pick.”
Harvin, Minnesota’s leading receiver in each of the last three seasons, is scheduled to earn just $2.755 million in the final year of his rookie contract and has made life difficult for the Vikings as of late over demands to be featured more in the offense and paid like one of the top receivers in the league.
He reportedly threatened to walk out on the team last offseason and has gotten into heated exchanges with former head coach Brad Childress and current head coach Leslie Frazier over his four years with Minnesota.
Harvin has missed 10 games in his NFL career including seven-straight to conclude the 2012 season. The injury issues he had with the Gators have continued with the Vikings as he suffered a string of violent migraine headaches in 2010 that are apparently now under control and severely injured his ankle last season.
Despite the red flags, Harvin remains a game-changing player who has scored 29 touchdowns (receiving, rushing, returning) in four seasons while averaging 11.8 yards per reception, 6.4 yards per rush and 27.8 yards per kick return.
Harvin was the consensus 2009 Offensive Rookie of the Year and was selected as both a Pro Bowler and All-Pro (as a specialist) following his rookie campaign. He also holds Minnesota’s single-season record for combined yardage (2,081) and the Vikings franchise record for career kickoff returns (five).
His 104-yard kickoff return in 2011 is the longest non-scoring play in NFL history and no player since Harvin’s rookie season of 2009 has returned more kickoffs for touchdowns.
The trade, which was first reported by FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, is expected to be completed within 48 hours once Harvin passes his physical and signs a new contract.
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