- WR Hartline cut after 6 seasons WR Gibson was also released
- Mike Tannenbaum hired... ...as Dolphins' executive VP of football operations
- Philbin retained Coach Philbin was given a contract extension
- Fins season ends on low note Jets down the Fins to end their season 8-8
Does Harvin to Miami make sense?
Lately, there has been rampant speculation that the Minnesota Vikings might want to trade Percy Harvin, despite the claims from Vikings GM Rick Spielman to the contrary. And a lot of that speculation has the Dolphins as a prime candidate to make a trade for the talented but troubled receiver.
My question is, doesitmake sense for the Dolphins to trade for Harvin?
It’s hard to argue that Harvin doesn’t have talent. Over the last 4 seasons Harvin has had 29 total TDs. He is a homerun threat that the Dolphins have been sorely lackly….as a receiver and a return guy. Harvin can also be dangerous as a runner out of the backfield.
But lets look a bit closer at the whole picture.
Harvin, in the 4 years at Minnesota, has never reached 1000 yards receiving, and only one season, 2011, did Harvin play in all 16 games.
In addition, Harvin’s yards per catch average has declined every season. His rookie season, 2009, he averaged 13.2 yards per catch. Last season? 10.9 (Miami WR Brian Hartlinehad14.9ypclast year.)It’s also curious that the Vikings had a tendency to pull Harvin when theygotinside the redzone.At5’11, I wonder if Harvin is better suited as an inside receiver?And lastly, I wonder if Harvin has an attitude that Coach Philbin wants to deal with?TV cameras caught Harvin’s heated exchange with coach Frazier on the sidelines during a loss to Seattle last season. According to sources, the arguments flared up again a few weeks later in front of other players.Harvin also clashed with his previous coach, Childress over an “ankle injury” and “migranes”.
After suffering an ankle sprain in November of 2012, he missed the following game against the Lions but told the media on Nov. 21 he felt “like I’m ready for this next stretch. I should be good.”
Harvin did not practice again and was placed on IR two weeks later. Losing their most talented receiver in the middle of a playoff race, Frazier stated said the decision “helps all of us.”
That’s called a “Red Flag”.
IF (that’s a big IF) the Vikes did want to trade Harvin, he would command AT LEAST a second round pick…and more than likely multiple picks.
So, does it make sense for the Fins to give up multiple picks for a receiver who has never broke 1000 yards, is not a big redzone threat, cannot stay healthy, clashes with coaches, and will be wanting a big contract extension?
With free agent receivers like Jennings and Wallace on the market, and the deep talent at receiver in this year’s draft, I tend to think the question answers itself.
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