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Get ready for the dominoes to fall. The really expensive NFL dominoes of free agency.
The Seattle Seahawks just traded for Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin for at a 1st round and a 7th round pick this year with a mid-round pick going to Minnesota next year, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. The trade is contingent on Harvin passing a physical and agreeing to a new contract, but all sources confirm that the deal should be completed within the next day or two. By league rules, trades can't be officially completed until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, the official start of the 2013 league year.
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He joins receiver Mike Wallace as having a deal all but done (in principle) over the last week. Wallace is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins as soon as tomorrow. Of course, that deal could be complicated by Harvin's camp asking for at least $10 million a year. Such a deal could cause Wallace's price tag to go up, particularly since Wallace has better career numbers. Over the same four-year span, Harvin has 3,302 yards and 20 touchdowns whereas Wallace has 4,042 yards and a whopping 32 touchdowns.
Harvin will receive a homecoming of sorts having been a former teammate of Vikings receiver Sidney Rice and working under Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrelll Bevell when he held the same job in Minnesota when Harvin was drafted in 2009. Outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman was one of the first to welcome Harvin to the Seahawks.
"Welcome to the team bruh @Percy Harvin...Happy to have ya," Sherman tweeted.
In other free agent news, New York Giants Pro-Bowl receiver Victor Cruz was treated like anything but as the team placed a first round tender on the restricted free agent. Cruz recently hired a new agent, who will have his hands full working past this perceived slight. The tender gives Cruz $2.879 million. The Giants have the right to match any offer that a team makes. If they choose not to, the receiving team must give the Giants a first round draft pick. Nevertheless, it's a huge risk, a fact that wasn't lost on Giant's ownership.
"Listen, he's been a great player for us. Like we do with all of our players, there's a limit as to how far we're going to go on a contract," said Giants team president and CEO John Mara.
New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker didn't receive a contract, but did get a glowing endorsement from Patriots ownership on Monday. "We want Wes. We really do," said Patriots owner Rober Kraft. "I hope he remains a Patriot for life. Just like Tom Brady."