Originally posted by guillotine31:
I think people have overblown the Harvin as a Diva angle. He wants to get paid in line with his contributions. He's been doing it for a few years now, and he thinks he deserves a certain level of compensation. His value to the Vikings is understated because they made the playoffs behind the best RB performance in recent memory, and strong red zone contributions from their TE. They'd be dumb to trade him, and we'd be smart to consider it for a 2nd or 3rd. If he walks after this season without a contract we get a 3rd anyway. I'm sure Baalke and Co are considering it, since he would fill Moss' roster spot while providing Ginn's contribution. He also adds the fly sweep dimension to the offense, as well as formation flexibility. For example:
We could come out of the huddle with Harvin, Crabtree, Walker (or Celek), Miller and Davis at the eligible positions. Start off with just Miller in the back field and motion Harvin in to the half back spot. Not only would their personnel be unprepared for the read option, if you do it quickly enough, you create gaping holes. This combats some of the ways defenses take Kap's running out of the game and adds a wrinkle in preparation.
Not to mention, you're adding a world class athlete to an already athletic offense.
There has got to be a way to front load a contract for Harvin and Goldson so we can pay Kaep in 2014.
Rather, he just wants to get paid. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with that (this is America after all), looking at his contributions objectively I do not see where his past performance merits the kind of money he's asking for ($8-10 mil per year). As I said in another thread, he has never cracked 1,000 yards receiving. So, he is essentially saying that he wants to be paid like a top ten wideout although he does not have top ten numbers.
On top of that he's a major injury risk. He only played nine games last year, and has played a full season only ONCE his entire career.
Major red flag.
However, the second comment I bolded makes sense. Give up the 3rd, rent him for a year and see what happens. If he pans out great, then we can talk an extension. If not, oh well.
[ Edited by baltien on Feb 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM ]