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Monthly Archives: March 2013

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I have refrained from doing any sort of comprehensive opinion piece about the Percy Harvin trade because I was missing one key bit of information.  I’ll be writing the opinion piece soon, because Harvin’s contract information is now public.

The Seahawks, according to PFT, traded for and then signed Harvin to a six year deal worth up to $67 million.  This means he will now earn an average of $12.845 million per each year of the contract.  He will get a $12 million dollar signing bonus, and as PFT points out he is now in a state with no income tax, and a total of $25.5 million guaranteed.

I am really disappointed that Percy Harvin is no longer a Vikings, but these numbers are pretty staggering, and the biggest risk of all for the Vikings might have been trying to sign him to a similar deal.

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Greg Jennings was of interest to the Miami Dolphins, but they took care of business with Mike Wallace today, and that leaves Jennings with limited suitors.

According to PFT, Jennings will be making a decision between returning to Green Bay or defecting to Minnesota, unless another party of interest makes themselves known.

There are rumors floating about that the Vikings have floated an offer to the Jennings camp, but I can’t say that as fact right now, but the PFT article indicates we may have an answer sooner rather than later.  Supposedly, Jennings plans to make a decision by midnight tonight, and if no offers top what the Packers have put forth then he will simply return to Green Bay.

The Vikings let most of their pending free agents enter the three-day negotiating period without contracts in hand, but they were active on Monday re-signing a number of the top ones.

The latest Viking to re-up with the team is fullback Jerome Felton who helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson’s legendary 2012 season.

“Thanks to MN VIKINGS!!” Felton told the Twitter world.  “I’m back and excited about the future!!!!”

The fourth exclamation point really helped me realize he means it when he says he’d excited.

Linebackers Jasper Brinkley, Marvin Mitchell and Erin Henderson, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, and wide out Devin Aromashodu are the only remaining Vikings left unsigned.

UPDATE:  The deal is reportedly for three years and worth up to $7.5 million, according to PFT.

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Percy Harvin is currently being introduced to Seattle, via a press conference being broadcast on NFL Network, which is just painful to watch.

Harvin went out of his way to thank “Vikings Nation” which included the fans and organization, saying that it was a great four year run.  Harvin went on to describe being a Seahawk as a “big relief,” however, and had a million dollar smile from the get-go.

He went out of his way to say that Russell Wilson’s comparisons to Brett Favre were very attractive to him when agreeing to making Seattle his new team (the trade had to have been contingent on a new deal for him, so he did have some control) which seems to confirm that Harvin did not view Christian Ponder as a passer with what it takes to win the Super Bowl.

I had safety Jamarca Sanford pegged as the Vikings top priority as far as retaining their own pending free agents go, and Sanford recently announced via Twitter that he is “coming back home.

It isn’t impossible that the Vikings will still look to upgrade the starting safety spot across from Harrison Smith, but Sanford provides them with experience, depth, and special teams value.  Harrison Smith, Jamarca Sanford, and Mistral Raymond are the current safeties atop the depth chart which provides continuity from last season to the upcoming one.

Details are not yet known on the deal, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.  Fullback Jerome Felton is now the only major free agent of the Vikings that remains to be signed.

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