Could Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) be headed to San Francisco to join Colin Kaepernick's 49ers or to New England to team with Tom Brady and the Patriots? (Photo : Reuters)
One of the NFL's most talented wide receivers could be catching passes from Colin Kaepernick in a San Francisco 49ers uniform for the 2013 season.
Reports are surfacing that the Minnesota Vikings are looking to trade Harvin, the NFL's 2009 season Rookie of the Year,
Sources told CBS Sports Minneapolis affiliate WCCO that Harvin left the team this season due to a falling out that he had with Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.
Harvin allegedly threw a tirade at Frasier and subsequently left the team, being put on injured reserve. The incident has teammates looking at the former Pro Bowl wide receiver less favorably and has the Vikings looking to trade Harvin in order to get something back for him.
The 24-year-old, four-year NFL veteran out of Florida, who recorded 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns this season, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is due to make $2.9 million next season, according to ESPN.
Yahoo! Sports speculates that Harvin could possibly end up going to the San Francisco 49ers, who have the resources to trade for Harvin, particularly in one attractive trading chip-quarterback Alex Smith, who was having a stellar year at quarterback before his mid-season injury allowed Kaepernick to take over and lead the 49ers to the cusp of a Super Bowl victory.
However, it is also possible that the New England Patriots, who fell short in the AFC Championship to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, could also go after Harvin should they decide that tight end Wes Welker is not a viable long-term investment. Paired alongside Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and under the influence of three-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Bellichek-not to mention having two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady as quarterback--Harvin would help make the always-formidable Patriots into Super Bowl favorites.
Either way, whoever does get the talented, yet maligned Harvin will be getting significant depth at the wide receiver slot, as his highlights will attest.