Today, in what seems like the turning point in an entire offseason of drama, Percy Harvin has requested a trade from the Minnesota Vikings. With receiver still a weak spot in many Ravens’ fans minds, Twitter then exploded with tweets demanding he should be brought to Baltimore.
A few things are wrong with this.
One, the Vikings don’t have to trade Harvin simply because he requested them too. Quite frankly they would be foolish to do so because they are already thin at wide receiver. An unproven Jerome Simpson and an under-achieving Michael Jenkins aren’t the players you want to be relying on going into the season.
Even if they were to trade him, the Ravens do not even have the salary cap space to sign him. I have heard suggestions to sign Ray Rice and Joe Flacco to long term deals, which would then free up some room. The problem with this is actually signing Ray Rice and Joe Flacco. The team has been mired in contract talks with these two all offseason and can’t just magically sign them now that they want to, hypothetically, make a trade. That’s not how things work.
Tom Pellissero (Senior Editor of 1500ESPN.com) has also been reporting this morning of the “character issues” with Harvin. He wrote of an incident where Harvin threw a weight at then head coach Brad Childress. He also spoke of Harvin reportedly taking advice from Randy Moss, which is probably never a good idea. This really isn’t a player I see the Ravens going out of their way for.
Harvin is an average player who is injury prone. He has yet to really prove himself game in and game out in the NFL. He is a great complimentary piece for any team, but nothing more. No team should give up too much for him because he just wouldn’t be worth it. I just don’t see a trade happening, especially to the Ravens.