On the day when most if not all of the talk regarding the defending Super Bowl champions centered on running back Marshawn Lynch, the Associated Press has provided the 12th Man with a sliver of good news.
Percy Harvin is still healthy.
Sure, the new AP item was based on 10-day-old comments from Harvin that got plenty of play when they were first made. But with coach Pete Carroll not available to the media on the final day of OTA practices and no one from the Seahawks saying much of anything publicly or privately about Lynch and with only so much that can be said about the tailback who likes to say nothing, why not focus instead on someone who’ll definitely be at the mandatory minicamp?
Whether Harvin will definitely be healthy throughout the season remains to be seen. Still, Super Bowl XLVIII provided a glimpse of what he can do in that offense. His impact in that game could have been even more significant, if the defense hadn’t suffocated and stymied Peyton Manning and company.
Then again, Harvin’s impact on the payroll could be playing a role in Lynch’s apparent desire for a new deal. Harvin made $14.5 million in 2013, more than twice Lynch’s salary for last season. Harvin earns $11 million in base salary this year, exactly twice what Lynch will make, if he appears in every regular-season game.
The nuances of the running back position versus the receiver position surely will be lost on Lynch, who may have a hard time getting past the fact that Lynch made a major, week-in-week-out contribution to the championship chase while Harvin provided limited appearances in two of 19 games.
“Past” may be the key word. NFL teams don’t care about the past. They care about the future, and Harvin undoubtedly will be a much bigger part of the team’s long-term plans than a 28-year-old running back who is inching closer to the point where the wheels come off.
Especially when considering the impact Harvin made with that limited appearance in the Super Bowl.