The Seattle Seahawks have traded for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin. Trading for Harvin makes the Seahawks major NFC contenders in 2013. NFL.com's Marc Sessler cites FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer, who reports the Seahawks swapped first and seventh round picks in April's draft for Harvin.
That gives Seattle's young offense a truly dynamic wide receiver. That's exactly what quarterback Russell Wilson needed to help him succeed in year two. The Seahawks have given Wilson a legitimate vertical threat to complement his arm strength and big play potential.
That big play potential is something that defines Harvin. He is a dynamic and versatile playmaker who excels at stretching defenses deep. The Seahawks needed to expand their offense to tailor things more to Wilson's skills. Those skills include launching vertical salvos and throwing on the run.
Speaking of Wilson's ability to make plays with his feet, adding Harvin to the mix gives the Seahawks a true weapon for "Wildcat" and "Pistol" packages. Seattle can now use Harvin in the backfield, along with Wilson's ability as a runner, to create a dual-threat that will be a nightmare for defenses.
Expect to see more option-based play designs from the Seahawks this season. That will be a major boost to already dominant running back Marshawn Lynch. Think what option schemes did for the Washington Redskins' league-leading ground game in 2012.
Harvin will also create more room at the line for Lynch to batter defenses. Because of Harvin's game-breaking speed, defenses won't be so eager to drop safeties down into the box to counter the Seattle rushing attack.
However, keeping Harvin healthy is the key to any of these plans. Glazer has stated that the trade will be official once Harvin successfully completes a medical. He's missed 10 games in four seasons and migranes have been a persistent issue.
He's also had his problems with team management. The Seahawks will need Harvin healthy and motivated, as they look to overhaul the San Francisco 49ers in the suddenly tough NFC West.
This trade certainly gives Pete Carroll's team an excellent chance of seizing the division crown. It could also help them go further than the Divisonal round of the NFC playoffs.
The Seahawks already boast a stout defense and running back Marshawn Lynch is a power-runner who controls the clock and keeps that group fresh. Wilson was the x-factor in 2012.
He added the spark of something extra and dynamic that had been missing. Trading for Harvin has expanded that threat even further and prevents the Seahawks from stagnating after a promising season.
He will boost the offense in a variety of ways and that could be enough to inspire an already solid core to mount a serious challenge to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.