Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) avoids Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) en route to a 14 yard pass play in the second quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
When reports circulated that the Minnesota Vikings would be shopping star wide receiver, Percy Harvin, many sites, including nfl.com, linked the Miami Dolphins as a possible suitor for the speedy wide receiver. Given the Dolphins “need for speed”, it is not surprising that the Dolphins have been linked to one of the National Football League‘s top speedsters – not to mention Miami’s glaring need at the wide receiver position.
Harvin, a former Florida Gator, had some-what of a break out year before injuries shortened his to season just nine total games ( 62 receptions/85 targets, 677 yards, 3 touchdowns, 36 first downs). The 24 year-old speedster, who was quite a viable option through the air last season, also contributed out of the back field – 22 attempts, 96 yards, 1 touchdown. No questions asked, he is the ultimate wild-card on offense. But the Vikings will find that his inability to stay healthy – injuries and migraines – will really hamper his market.
Terribly sorry to “be that guy” Miami Dolphin’s fans, but as College Football analyst Lee Corso says, “FORGET ABOUT IT!”
Although the Miami Dolphins are one of the league’s most desperate teams for a wide receiver, the front office will not risk damaging QB Ryan Tannehill’s development with a diva receiver such as Harvin. Miami has shown their no tolerance policy with “me first” wide receivers such as Chad Johnson – formerly known as Ochocinco (sorry, I had to), Brandon Marshall and Braylon Edwards – was only brought in for a work out – in the past. It is hard to see Jeff Ireland and company cave in this time around, even if Harvin is one of the league’s most versatile players.
Percy Harvin would be an interesting option for a tough head coach such as Bill Belichick (hate to say it). Belichick has shown his ability to tone down diva players in the past, WR Randy Moss and the late-great LB Junior Seau come to mind. If CEO Robert Kraft and Head Coach Bill Belichick are willing to send some draft picks Minnesota’s way (likely a 1st and more), the Patriots could add quite an explosive play maker to their offense.
Although this will be quite an interesting story to follow throughout the remainder of the offseason, mark my words, Harvin will not be a Miami Dolphin.