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Updated: March 11th, 2013 11:53am
Source: Percy Harvin traded to Seahawks, on way for physical

Source: Percy Harvin traded to Seahawks, on way for physical

by Tom Pelissero
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Rick Spielman said repeatedly the Minnesota Vikings have no intent to trade Percy Harvin, and he chose that phrase carefully -- because intent can change.

An NFL source on Monday morning confirmed the Vikings have traded Harvin to the Seahawks and the volatile receiver was on his way to Seattle for a physical to complete the deal.

Harvin, 24, also has agreed to parameters of a new contract to replace the last year of his rookie deal, which he'd made clear since last summer he wanted to be replaced.

The compensation was not immediately known, although a source said the Vikings got "very good return," considering it had become increasingly apparent Harvin had no future in Minnesota.

A league source said early Monday evening the Vikings received first- and seventh-round picks in 2013, plus a third-round pick in 2014.

That means the Vikings will now own the Nos. 23 and 25 in the first round and 11 picks overall in April's draft.

No trades can become official until the new league year begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

According to sources, the deal has been in the works for some time. General manager John Schneider first explored the possibility and coach Pete Carroll was on board.

The level of compensation suggests the Seahawks had competition, too, considering NFL sources believed the high end was a second-round pick and a sweetener.

The Vikings selected Harvin in the first round (22nd overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He made the Pro Bowl as a return man that year and was the NFL's offensive rookie of the year.

In four seasons, Harvin had 3,302 receiving yards on 280 catches (11.8 average), ran for another 683 yards on 107 carries (6.4 average) and scored 29 touchdowns, including five on kick returns.

But some of his chronic issues at the University of Florida carried over to the NFL, and he had highly publicized clashes with head coaches Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier.

Coincidentally, Harvin's last game for the Vikings was on Nov. 4 at Seattle, where he screamed at Frazier on the sideline about his frustration with the offense and suffered a significant ankle injury.

After the Vikings placed him on injured reserve on Dec. 5, Harvin went home to rehabilitate in Florida and didn't rejoin the team during its playoff run.

Harvin didn't need surgery on the ankle but did have sports hernia surgery in December. The Vikings said Harvin passed his exit physical in January.

In Seattle, Harvin is reunited with former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and fellow receiver Sidney Rice.

The Vikings were about $14.8 million under the cap before the trade, which leaves only four receivers under contract for 2013: Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Chris Summers and Greg Childs.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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