Percy Harvin may suffer from Seattle’s WR curse
The Seattle Seahawks feel like a franchise that has already won the Super Bowl by trading for Percy Harvin and signing Cliff Avril. However Seahawk fans need to slow down, because Percy Harvin may turn out to be one of the best trades in Seahawks history, or another epic failure in the history of Seahawks’ wide receiver pickups.
A common phrase you’ve heard in Seattle is that the Seahawks are where wide receivers go to die. Not literally, but metaphorically, because the Seahawks haven’t had a truly sensational wide receiver since Steve Largent.
Just look at the history recently. The Seahawks traded for Deion Branch in 2006; injury plagued seasons led to him being traded back to the Pats in 2010. The Seahawks signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh in 2009; he was released early in 2010. Then the Seahawks signed Sidney Rice in 2011, and he hasn’t played a full season without injury until 2012. It was an average season too.
However the issue with Harvin is a combination of the number one reasons why players in the NFL fail, and that’s injuries and character concerns. Todd McShay recently stated on ESPN: First Draft “Over 80% of the busts in the NFL, 80% of the time where we look stupid Mel. Where NFL teams lose all that money, is because of durability and character concerns.”
And with Harvin you have a player that has durability and character concerns combined. He’s never started a full 16 games in his entire career, and his wacky illnesses such as migraines, etc. make you wonder about how true these illnesses are.
Harvin also has a history of outbursts with the Florida Gators and Minnesota Vikings. At Florida he failed a drug test, and was even reported to allegedly assault another player on the football team at practices. At Minnesota, he has had verbal confrontations with coaches and even tossed a weight at Brad Childress in 2010 in the Vikings’ weight room.
Harvin was traded, because of his character issues; after he bad-mouthed his quarterback Christian Ponder to management. He’s a Diva wide receiver. He’s selfish. And he’s an asset to the Seattle Seahawks.
However he carries with him some of the majority of the reasons why players don’t pan out in the NFL. The first year may be great, but when will the real Percy Harvin rear his head out?
Because it’s going to happen sooner or later, and trouble follows this kid, like a magnet. I hope Harvin the best, but the Seahawks took a very big risk with a very talented player that just might backfire in their faces.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.