Percy Harvin and the Minnesota Vikings have had problems for a while now. Those problems have seemed to come to a head as he has requested a trade.
“I’ll just put it this way — it’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out,” Harvin quoted to NFL.com this weekend.
A great new home for Harvin would be the San Francisco 49ers, and the National Football Post confirmed that there are the correct pieces in place to make such a move possible. Harvin’s ability to be the jack of all trades makes him extremely valuable. In 2011, he had over 300 yards rushing and averaged over 6.0 ypc. He also has been great in the return game. In his last two seasons, he has averaged over 30 yards per kick return. He has accumulated those numbers while still being the main receiving threat in Minnesota over the past couple of years.
With the 49ers losing KR/WR Ted Ginn Jr.,Harvin could come in and immediately fill that void. He also would add a new wrinkle to the spread option offense with is ability to lineup in the backfield. With Jim Harbaugh and his offensive staff, the possibilities could be endless. Also, with the team’s decision to not re-sign Randy Moss, the team is thin at receiver. Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are coming off knee injuries. A.J. Jenkins has yet to prove himself at the NFL level.
If the 49ers were to do this, there would be a risk factor. Harvin has a history of migraine troubles that have kept him out of games. Last season, he was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. But when healthy, the numbers do not lie. Last season, before his injury, he was second in the league in yards after the catch with 528 yards.
Admittedly this would be a bold move for a team that just made a run to the Super Bowl. However, it would be the kind of bold move that sends a message to the team and the league that the 49ers are not standing pat. Getting back to the Super Bowl will not be an easy task. A move like this could go a long way in helping that cause.