Bothered by an ankle injury, Percy Harvin played in just nine games last year.
MINNESOTA — Wide receiver Percy Harvin has had a history of migraines with the Minnesota Vikings, not to mention creating numerous distractions and threatening holdouts
Monday, the Vikings rid themselves of the headache when they agreed to deal Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for first- and seventh-round picks in this year’s draft and a mid-round choice in 2014.
However, the contract is contingent on Harvin passing a physical and coming to terms on a new contract by Wednesday. Harvin is entering the final season of the rookie deal he signed in 2009.
The trade, just like Kansas City’s acquisition of quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco, won’t be official until after the league year begins at 4 p.m. today.
Bothered by an ankle injury last season, Harvin played in just nine games, catching 62 passes for 677 yards (10.9 average) and three touchdowns. He also rushed for one touchdown and averaged 35.9 yards on 16 kickoff returns, including a 105-yard touchdown.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wasn’t pleased by the trade.
He tweeted, “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!!!”
Harvin, 24, had been rumored to be a camp holdout if the Vikings did not offer him a new contract.
He requested a trade last summer but that talk died down after he reported to camp.
Wide receiver Golden Tate’s spot on Seattle’s depth chart will be impacted by the acquisition. He said he did not take the team’s move personally.
“The Seahawks are trying to do whatever they think is necessary to put together a Super Bowl quality team,” Tate told ESPN. “If this is one of the steps they think works to accomplish that, then that’s their choice. I don’t think it will impact any of our work habits. We are still going to grind and let the cards play out the way that they will.”
Cornerback Richard Sherman welcomed his new teammate via Twitter.
“Welcome to the Team bruh @Percy—Harvin … Happy to have ya,” he wrote.
Harvin wasn’t the only wide receiver in which a trade was worked out Monday. The Baltimore Ravens sent Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick in next month’s draft. Boldin was instrumental in the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.
Boldin had balked at taking a pay cut from his $6 million salary for this year.
Teams continued to scramble Monday to be compliant with the salary cap by this afternoon. Washington released cornerback DeAngelo Hall, while Dallas released linebacker Dan Connor and restructured the contracts of nose tackle Jay Ratliff, guard Mackenzy Bernadeau and cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The Cardinals released running back Beanie Wells, while the Broncos released linebacker D.J. Williams and quarterback Caleb Hanie. The Steelers and Rams officially released linebacker James Harrison and safety Quintin Mikell, respectively.
The Steelers re-signed guard Ramon Foster to a three-year contract, while Broncos safety David Bruton also signed a three-year deal. The Jets signed quarterback David Garrard, who hasn’t played since the 2010 season because of injuries.