December 9, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
MINNEAPOLIS -- Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle and Adrian Peterson isn't happy about it.
Harvin, Minnesota's moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. Two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade won't be official until the league's new year begins Tuesday and Harvin passes a physical.
The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker. His departure from Minnesota will leave an even bigger void in a group of receivers that was already one of the thinnest in the NFL -- and at least one disappointed former teammate in Peterson, the star running back and league MVP.
"The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!" Peterson posted on Twitter.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, in an interview on SiriusXM satellite radio, expressed his concern, too.
"I mean, I can't say I'm just happy about it. Who knows how much longer I have in Minnesota?" Williams said, adding: "I can't tell you one receiver that's on the team right now."
Foxsports.com first reported the trade, which will also send Seattle's seventh-round pick this year and third-round selection in 2014 to Minnesota for Harvin, who was producing at an All-Pro level until badly spraining his left ankle last Nov. 4 in a game at Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve a month later, abruptly ending a season that began so strongly. He led the NFL in total yards at the time of his injury.
Harvin first caused a stir June 19 when he expressed unspecified dissatisfaction with "some things" about the team. The next day, Harvin asked to be traded, only to quietly rescind the request and show up at training camp as if nothing had happened.
-- The Associated Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 12, 2013 D5
Updated on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM CDT: