Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman repeatedly has said that the team has “no intent” to trade receiver Percy Harvin.
Of course, that technically doesn’t mean the Vikings won’t try.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Vikings are indeed attempting to move Harvin, with the Seahawks emerging as the early favorites.
Other teams are involved, and any team that gets Harvin will have to be willing to compensate the Vikings and pay a lot of money to the player.
The winner also will have to be willing to take the risk that Harvin will be a problem. But with former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Seattle, Bevell may be confident that Harvin would mesh better with coach Pete Carroll than Harvin did with former Vikings coach Brad Childress.
The potential move suggests that the Seahawks are contemplating an all-in approach aimed at disrupting the looming 49ers dynasty before it can get off the ground. If the Seahawks can get Harvin — and if they can get the most out of him on the field — the dynasty could be unfolding in Seattle instead.
If the deal happens, Harvin would be continuing his NFL career in the place where his Vikings career will have ended, in a game against the Seahawks that included a sprained ankle and shouts directed at head coach Leslie Frazier.