Originally posted by VANiner:
Percy H. is the epitome of a high risk/high reward acquisition. He already cost them their 1st rounder and will be in line for an $11-12 million salary per year. Boldin is old, but is still a very formidable WR who causes match-up issues as he is stronger than CBs and much faster than LBs. To grab him for a 6th rounder is a steal. If they can work with his contract to cut down on the $6 million, it will be the steal of the off-season. I would have been bummed to give up a 1st + for Harvin (though he would have been intriguing with us). I think Harvin will have his all-star days, but will be a headache for SEA in the end. All in all, I'd say on this day, both teams improved, but we got the value AND the muscle.
Percy Harvin will absolutely bring a lot to their offense. But they gave up a lot and I am wondering what will be the effects on the team? What kind of contract will they have to give him? Are the rumors about him wanting a Calvin Johnson type of deal true? Considering who they have in their front office, I fully expect them to give Harvin some ridiculous offer. Looking at this from Seattle's perspective, I'd rather have Tavon Austin. He will be far cheaper and less of a headache. Minnesota will probably go ahead and add Austin to replace Harvin in the passing game and as a returner.
As it relates to us trading for Boldin, there is nothing to dislike about this trade. We get a complement to Michael Crabtree and teams cannot simply try to lock him down on third down situations. Things are all open for AJ Jenkins and Kyle Williams to tear it up this year with the one on one coverage they will be facing and I expect Vernon Davis to be more involved this season. I only hope that we don't use Boldin in the same way we used Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, where they were constantly subbing each other. Boldin is a guy that can come in and still give us 800 to 1,000 yards.
I think if we resign Delanie Walker, the only immediate needs we will have on offense for the draft will be a TE to eventually replace Walker (I like DW, but we need someone that is a more reliable pass catcher), a tackle to backup Anthony Davis and Joe Staley, a kicker obviously, and maybe a late round receiver with some speed/quickness.