In case you missed the big news of Friday evening, Percy Harvin was traded for nothing to the New York Jets. Yep, you read that right.
The conditional pick they will receive will do absolutely nothing to help their chances of a Super Bowl repeat this year.
So, now that the most talented wide receiver on their roster is 4th year undrafted Doug Baldwin, whose career high in receiving yards came in his rookie year, Seattle is thin at the receiver position.
The deal was made because of Harvin’s large contract and lack of production. His contract may not have been the only thing holding Seattle back from pulling the trigger on this trade, though. Adam Schefter hinted to a chemistry issue on Twitter.
This trade does point to some possible red flags that the public media may not know about. ESPN’s Brock Huard gave his take:
Harvin’s contract was a large issue, though. Schefter went on to point on the massive deal he received last year, despite playing in so few games.
I don’t see this trade as a quality move from the Seattle front office. He was the only true weapon on this receiving core, able to burst off for 70 yards on the reverse play, or catch it 10 yards down the field and carry for another 30.
Hell, his lack of production could easily have stemmed from being the only Seattle receiver that was gameplanned for.
But Harvin is long gone, and he may have been already in the minds of Seattle coaching staff. What player on this ‘Hawks team can replace his danger that he shot into the hearts of the defense?
There a few guys to take a look at.
First off, there are rookies Paul Richardson (second rounder) and Kevin Norwood (fourth rounder) waiting on the bench who will definitely see increased roles. Their snaps will no doubt be increased, but with just one reception between the both of them all season, they may be more prospects than instant offense creators.
Also falling into the category of future prospect, but with a slightly higher shot at high reps, is 5th year player Bryan Walters. Just his first season in the NFL since 2011 with San Diego, Walters has seen 10 targets for 5 receptions and 44 yards so far this year. Not jaw dropping numbers, but still something.
If Seattle can find a way to utilize him, it would be beneficial to both Walters’ career and the Seahawks’ offense.
While those three guys are going to be used, it will remain sparingly.
The two guys that will really step up are Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette.
Doug Baldwin will keep doing what he is doing, being consistently productive but nothing special. On the other hand, Kearse and Lockette have the potential to be very special players for this contender.
Lockette, a 4th year player out of Fort Valley State, has seen little time in the NFL up until this season. While his stats are still very minor, Lockette has made an impact this season.
Lockette has scored a touchdown of over 30 yards twice this season, once against the Green Bay Packers in week one, and another huge score against the Broncos in their week 3 overtime thriller.
Expect to see a huge increase in snaps, targets, receptions, and even touchdowns for the now Harvin-less Seahawks’ receiver.
While Lockette will be a factor in the passing game, Jermaine Kearse may steal the show.
Kearse, in his third year with the Seahawks, already has 11 receptions this season, good for 50% of his entire 2013-2014 season haul. The third year player out of Washington has been a true weapon this year, doing his best 2012 Percy Harvin impression.
I expect to see Kearse, Lockette, and Doug Baldwin all share the load in the receiving game now with Harvin gone and step all of their games up. If they don’t, the Seahawks may be in some real trouble on offense.