Seahawks GM: Harvin was shopped for a month

Percy Harvin (Otto Greule Jr./Getty)

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider told Pro Football Talk that Percy Harvin was being shopped by his agent a month before the trade took place. During that time, Vikings GM Rick Spielman maintained publicly that the Vikings had "no intent" to trade him, likely in an attempt to maintain higher trade value.

Last month, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the Percy Harvin trade was "an opportunity that came really quick" once the trade had been finalized.

However, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, who gave up first- and seventh-round draft choices this year and a third-rounder in 2014, told Pro Football Talk Live on Tuesday that the Vikings had given Harvin's agent, Joel Segal, permission to shop Harvin around to other NFL teams a month before the March 11 trade was completed.

During the months-long speculation that Harvin could be on the trading block, Spielman did his best to keep his poker face and maintain his carefully crafted response.

"We have no intent of trading Percy Harvin. Percy Harvin is under contract and we expect him, just like all of our players under contract, to be here," Spielman said on Feb. 15. "He is a very good football player, but he knows what he does for our football team."

Less than a month later, after trading Harvin, a 2009 first-round pick, to Seattle and getting more for a disgruntled receiver than most figured he could, Spielman said the deal came together quickly but was too good to pass up.

"It was an opportunity that came really quick. He had something that presented itself that we felt would not only help us in the short term but in the long term as well," the Vikings' general manager said. "You know my philosophy of trying to build this roster year in and year out through the draft because I think that's the way you're going to maintain success. And it was a situation where we felt it was the best decision we could make going forward.

"It was an opportunity for us to accumulate some draft picks and we just felt it was too good to pass up for us to move forward as an organization and continue to build this organization to have long-term success for years to come."

No matter when the process started and who instituted it, all sides got value. The Seahawks got a versatile and talented receiver and kickoff returner, Harvin got a six-year, $67 million contract, and the Vikings got more and higher draft picks than expected for a receiver that clearly wanted out of Minnesota and had only one year left on his rookie contract.

While both sides said that the talks didn't get serious until about three days before the trade was finalized, it was apparently a month in the making at the request of Harvin's agent.


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