Originally posted by GNielsen:
Typically, other teams are more wary of an injury than the holding team, not less. And, most GM's around the league have already indicated that they think the Harvin deal is a bit of an aberration and that they think the Seahawks paid too much. But, we'll know a lot more by the end of this next season. If the Harvin deal doesn't bring significant results to Seattle, it's going to be a sign to GM's around the league that receiver money has topped out or gone a little too far. What has the Vincent Jackson deal done for the Bucs and for that matter, what has Megatron done for the Lions? Yes, they produce, but what has that actually done for the teams?
Teams can say all they like after the trade especially if they lost out. No matter how wary they are with previous injuries or the money the player is demanding, the chances are with great talents such as Harvin or Wallace, they will always develop into a competitive situation as teams fight over to secure their services. Once that happens, GMs are not prepared to risk losing the bid if they want the player bad enough. Even if Harvin underperforms this season, I can't see it having too much bearing on how teams will view top free agents. Of course, it also depends on how desperate or aggressive the teams will be next offseason too, for example I don't think there is any argument the Dolphins were massively desperate given is contract year for the GM. I tell you what, say if Harvin totally bombs (which I doubt will happen) and if Crab is available, don't be too surprised if Pete Carroll might make a move for Crab even.
As for your point on Vincent Jackson and Megatron, no one player can turn the team around entirely. I think teams understand that, other pieces will need to be in place. In the context of receivers alone, there will need to be legit 2nd and 3rd option in order to unlock double teams plus to help with the overall production, much like Julio Jones has Roddy White for example. On the other hand, if you look at Brandon Marshall, he has helped out the Bears a lot given his great chemistry with Jay Cutler, obviously the lack of secondary receiver options has limited his production to a degree, but the guy still cleared 1,500 yards. Likewise, Vincent Jackson had almost 1,400 yards and I guess you won't need me to tell you about Megatron when he broke Jerry's record with almost 2.000 yards last year. As you can see, it is not so much these top guys are not working out, but teams need to build other complimentary weapons too, be it other receivers and RBs to help with the overall effectiveness of the passing game.