AP Sources: Vikings trade Percy Harvin to Seahawks

Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn’t

happy about it.

Harvin, Minnesota’s moody and multi-talented young wide

receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that

includes Seattle’s first-round selection next month, No. 25

overall. Two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed the

details Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity

because the trade won’t be official until the league’s new year

begins Tuesday and Harvin passes a physical.

The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell

Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak. His departure from

Minnesota will leave an even bigger void in a group of receivers

that was already one of the thinnest in the NFL – and at least one

disappointed former teammate in Peterson, the star running back and

league MVP.

”The best all around player I ever seen or you’ll ever see!

Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach.

Several times!!!” Peterson posted on Twitter.

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, in an interview on SiriusXM

satellite radio, expressed his concern, too.

”I mean, I can’t say I’m just happy about it. Who knows how

much longer I have in Minnesota?” Williams said, adding: ”I can’t

tell you one receiver that’s on the team right now.”

Foxsports.com first reported the trade, which will also send

Seattle’s seventh-round pick this year and third-round selection in

2014 to Minnesota for Harvin, who was producing at an All-Pro level

until badly spraining his left ankle last Nov. 4 in a game at

Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve a month later, abruptly

ending a season that began so strongly. He led the NFL in total

yards, including rushing, receiving and returning, at the time of

his injury.

Harvin first caused a stir June 19 when he expressed unspecified

dissatisfaction with ”some things” about the team. The next day,

Harvin asked to be traded, only to quietly rescind the request and

show up at training camp as if nothing had happened. Harvin

clarified his feelings a bit after the season started by

acknowledging a lack of understanding about his role in offensive

coordinator Bill Musgrave’s scheme.

The Vikings lined him up all over the field, including as a

running back, but to preserve his health they often limited his

snaps and turns as a kickoff returner. Harvin was by far

quarterback Christian Ponder’s favorite target, but the struggles

of the passing attack that increased around midseason did not help

Harvin’s mood. He was seen shouting at coach Leslie Frazier on the

sideline after one failed possession inside the 20-yard line in the

last game he played for the Vikings. Ponder passed for only 63

yards in that game, a 30-20 loss, but the Vikings rallied behind

Peterson’s record-setting performances to win their last four games

and finish 10-6 for a spot in the playoffs.

Harvin will enter the fifth and final season of his rookie deal

with a $2.9 million salary that’s well under market value. The

Vikings have a history of giving their core players new contracts

before they enter the final years of their current deals, and that

obviously didn’t happen with Harvin. As a slot receiver, as

exceptional and varied as his skills are, Harvin didn’t give them

the tall, fast, game-breaking target on the outside that they’ve

been lacking since they got rid of Randy Moss.

The other long-term concern about Harvin is his punishing,

hard-nosed running style.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds with a history of

debilitating migraine headaches, Harvin could be at more of an

injury risk as his career moves on because so many of his yards

come after first contact. For all the toughness he brings to a team

– in contrast to Moss, whose effort was sometimes underwhelming –

Harvin tries to run through tacklers as often as he tries to dodge

them. Though he missed only three games in 3 1/2 seasons until

hurting his ankle, Harvin missed dozens of practices over those

years because of the migraines.

The Vikings now have more room under the salary cap to pursue

one of the free agents on the market that opens Tuesday, with Greg

Jennings and Mike Wallace the best available but

sure-to-be-expensive options. Either way, they’ll make wide

receivers a primary focus of the draft.

Stephen Burton, Greg Childs, Chris Summers and Jarius Wright are

the only receivers currently on the roster. Wright, a rookie last

season who replaced Harvin in the slot after the injury, is the

only one with more than 73 yards receiving for his career.

The Seahawks, who also signed former Vikings wide receiver

Sidney Rice two years ago, have another valuable piece in their bid

to take the NFC title away from San Francisco. The 49ers were

thought to have interest in Harvin, too.

”He’s so good you just have to showcase him, and that’s what

they’re doing,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in October before

the Vikings-Seahawks game. Carroll, who recruited Harvin out of

high school when he was at USC, added: ”He’s a fantastic


Rice and Golden Tate are the top two returning receivers for the

Seahawks, who finished 11-5 and lost in the second round of the

playoffs. In 2009 when Brett Favre came out of retirement to join

the Vikings, Rice racked up a career-high 1,312 yards receiving and

eight touchdowns. Harvin had 790 yards and six scores.

AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this