The Vikings acquired a first-round pick, a seventh-round pick and a 2013 mid-round pick when they traded Percy Harvin to the Seahawks. So does that set the value that the Jets should get if they trade Darrelle Revis?
It does according to Mike Tannenbaum, the man who drafted Revis when he was the general manager of the Jets.
Tannenbaum said on NFL Network that he thinks the Harvin trade provides the framework for what the Jets should get from a team if they trade Revis, which they’re widely expected to do.
“You look at the Percy Harvin trade, where it was a one, looks like a three in the future, and a seven this year,” Tannenbaum said. “I would think that would be comparable to what Darrelle is. They both have one year to go on their contracts. Obviously, he would have to pass a physical. Assuming that happens, I think that’s the relevant market.”
It’s tough to say whether Harvin and Revis are really worth the same amount in a trade. As a three-time first-team All-Pro and former Defensive Player of the Year, Revis has accomplished more so far in the NFL than Harvin. But when you trade for a player, you’re trading for his future production, not his past accomplishments. And Revis is also three years older than Harvin and coming off a more serious injury than Harvin. (Both players suffered season-ending injuries last year, but Revis’s torn ACL is a trickier recovery than Harvin’s sprained ankle.)
There’s also another difference between Harvin and Revis: The Seahawks had an understanding of what kind of long-term contract extension Harvin would be seeking before they traded for him. We don’t know how much money Revis is going to demand, and the team that has made the Jets a good offer for Revis hasn’t yet talked to the Revis camp about what it would take to get him to sign a long-term deal.
So the issue isn’t only whether Revis is worth three picks similar to the picks the Seahawks are sending to Minnesota. It’s also whether Revis is willing to play for the same money that Harvin will make in Seattle.