Reports came out over the weekend that the Minnesota Vikings were ready to move on from disgruntled wide receiver Percy Harvin, and would listen to trade offers for the Pro Bowl return-man. His reported feud with head coach Leslie Frazier has the Vikings ready to move on and cut their losses:
It started in that game at Seattle, where TV cameras caught Harvin waving his arms and screaming at Frazier on the sideline over his frustration with the Vikings’ struggling offense.
According to four NFL sources, Harvin and Frazier had another heated exchange weeks later in front of some players and staff members, fueling speculation about a deteriorating relationship that could spell the end of Harvin’s four seasons in Minnesota.
So could the Bengals swoop in and swing a deal for one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers? It certainly is a move they should consider.
Harvin would give the Bengals a legitimate #2 receiver, capable of torching opposing defenses who decide to double-cover A.J. Green. He racked up 60 catches for 667 yards and five total touchdowns through eight games last season before going down with a season-ending ankle injury.
The Bengals are also set to lose their top-2 returners in Brandon Tate and Adam Jones, and Harvin is widely regarded as one of the best returners in the NFL. He made the 2010 Pro Bowl as a kick returner after taking two returns to the house during his rookie campaign:
Harvin could reportedly be had for as little as a third-round pick, though it will likely be a second-rounder that gets him out of Minnesota.