The details surrounding the Percy Harvin trade continue to trickle in and we nearly have achieved a full picture of what exactly went down.
The Vikings traded away the 24 year old superstar and received a trio of draft picks in return.
In 2013 the Vikings will get Seattle’s first round pick (25) and one of their seventh round picks (currently unknown which one). In addition, multiple outlets are reporting that the Vikings received a 2014 third round pick as part of the deal.
That may not be the end of it. Often time future picks are conditional and it could end up changing rounds if that is the case here, and it is possible that other intricacies are involved here, such as switching picks in one round or another in the Draft. That might not be the case, but we have seen those details come out later on down the road on a number of occasions in the past, including last offseason’s trade that sent A.J. Jefferson to the Vikings.
Trading such a young and explosive talent may not be the ideal situation, but if you are going to do it then this is the type of compensation you want to get, and Rick Spielman deserves credit for maximizing the deal. I can’t help but wonder if he was able to artificially inflate his asking price by pitting San Francisco and Seattle, division rivals, against one another in a bidding war. Not long after the Harvin news broke, the Niners traded for Anquan Boldin who had previously been believed to be a likely cap causality of the Ravens.
The Vikings now have 11 picks in the 2013 Draft. Five of those picks are in the top 100, at least until compensatory picks are awarded, and they are currently in a position to add two first round selections to their rebuilding efforts for the second offseason in a row.
One of the final big pieces of information we need to evaluate this trade is the contract that Harvin signs with the Seahawks, as it will more accurately portray what the Vikings would have had to sacrifice to keep him around.