The San Francisco 49ers desperately need a deep-threat and Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin clearly wants a new home, making this trade a legitimate possibility. According to a report from WCCO’s Mike Max, Harvin has become increasingly disgruntled with the Vikings organization, to the point where he had a heated confrontation with his head coach Leslie Frazier.
From the report:
Multiple sources tell Max that Harvin had an embarrassing tirade directed toward Frasier, disrespecting the coach during the season when Harvin was sidelined with an injured ankle.
Teammates were present, and Max was told that is when Harvin left the team and was put on injured reserve.
Sources say teammates were disappointed in Harvin’s actions and the organization has moved toward less tolerance for that behavior.
So with Harvin most likely on his way out, do the San Francisco 49ers make sense? According to NFL Analyst and 49ers Color commentator Eric Davis, the answer is a match made in heaven. As Davis said on NFL AM this morning regarding Harvin’s possible landing destination:
I think the best fit, would be the 49ers. The offense that they run, the way they do things, you can put Percy has the return guy, there’s a possibility Ted Ginn won’t be back, there’s a possibility your starting wide receiver Randy Moss won’t be back.
You can fill two spots with Percy Harvin. You can also use him in that read-option game, because you can put him in the backfield.
I mean that would just be a major, major, threat to add…that’s another toy, that would be a really good fit.
I absolutely agree. Harvin ran the wild cat in Minnesota and the 49ers read-option tailors Harvin’s skill set perfectly. In my previous article, “San Francisco 49ers’ Top Five Needs,” I clearly stated the 49ers need to target a wide receiver with return ability to get the most bang for their buck. With Harvin’s return ability, it would provide a more explosive component to Brad Seely’s special teams, while providing a viable deep threat for offensive coordinator Greg Roman. However, what is the asking price for Harvin’s services?
With the 49ers projected to have 14 draft picks (five in the first three-rounds), they can package quantity for quality. If the 49ers can bundle two third-round draft picks or a second and fourth-round draft pick, they should strongly consider making the move. The move would make sense for both parties, as the Vikings need younger bodies while the 49ers need a complimentary deep-threat.
As the free-agency period begins, on March 12, 2013, it will be interesting which teams actually pursue Harvin and which teams will shy away.