Report: Vikings have deal to trade Percy Harvin to Seattle
The Minnesota Vikings appear to be working on a new solution for their wide receiver position. The Vikings reportly are in the process of trading star wide receiver Percy Harvin.
ESPN is reporting that sources have confirmed that the Vikings have a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN is reporting the deal will include the Vikings getting Seattle's first-round draft choice in 2013 and is contingent on Harvin passing a physical and agreeing to a new contract.
The deal is expected to be completed within 48 hours.
The Vikings created another opening at their wide receiver position last week by releasing veteran Michael Jenkins, clearing $3.25 million of space under the salary cap.
Jenkins played two seasons of the three-year contract he signed with the Viking after the lockout ended in 2011. He was due a roster bonus of $2.425 million on March 16 and a base salary of $825,000 for 2013, so the move was hardly surprising.
Jenkins was third on the team with 40 receptions, 449 yards and two touchdowns last season, plus a 50-yard catch for a score in the playoff game at Green Bay. He had 38 receptions for 466 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games the year before, missing the last five weeks because of torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee.
Drafted in the first round by the Falcons out of Ohio State in 2004, Jenkins has 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career.
By terminating Jenkins contract and trading Harvin, the Vikings will have only two wide receivers under contract with NFL experience: Darius Wright and Stephen Burton. Jerome Simpson and Devin Aromashodu will become unrestricted free agents this week.
Harvin's trade means the Viking have a lot of work to do to give quarterback Christian Ponder more help. Wright showed some promise when Harvin was hurt, but his size constrains him to playing inside in the slot. Greg Childs, drafted in the fourth round last spring out of Arkansas like Wright, tore both of his patellar tendons in training camp and missed the entire season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.