Past history suggests nobody should ever count the Chicago Bears out in any sort of trade talks. Otherwise they wouldn't have gotten a quarterback and wide receiver. Does that mean they have a way to get Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings?
Harvin possibly on the trade block after Leslie Frazier tirade
It isn't the norm for 24-year-old receivers with the talent of Percy Harvin to get traded this far away from his contract expiring. Sadly several key reasons have led to just that for the Minnesota Vikings. A year ago Harvin did himself no favors when he criticized head coach Leslie Frazier for the way he ran the team. It wasn't the first time this had happened either. Harvin did the same thing to former coach Brad Childress as well. These incidents alone didn't do the receiver any favors, but when coupled with his ongoing health problems it has become difficult for Minnesota to find reasons to keep him other than talent. After all they did reach the playoffs with him on injured reserve. That could explain why rumors out of Minneapolis have hinted the team will explore trade options when the offseason goes active. Teams like the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers are already lined up as heavy favorites. Does that mean other teams don't have a shot?
Devin Hester could hold key for Phil Emery to get Harvin
Considering Chicago already gave up a third round pick in the 2013 draft to acquire Brandon Marshall, it seems somewhat risky to use another high draft choice to get another. Baggage included, experts believe Harvin will fetch a second round pick. That is a price the Bears must stay away from since they have so many other needs to fill. However, there is a slim chance GM Phil Emery could maneuver the deal to something more favorable. The key is what he has planned for wide receiver Devin Hester. News came out weeks ago that the record-setting return man preferred a fresh start with a new team. Since releasing him for nothing wasn't the best idea, trade rumors began to swirl. It became a question of where to send him and for what. Most experts think Hester isn't worth more than a fifth round pick at age 30 despite his proven history. However, no team understands his value than Minnesota. Of all the teams Hester played against in six years, there are none he burned more than the Vikings. Four of his record 17 return touchdowns came against them. At age 30 he still has good years left and would quickly fill the hole left by Harvin in the kick return game. That sweetener may then drop the price of the draft pick to something more affordable, like a fourth rounder. This way the Bears save their top two picks and land the speedy receiver they lacked last season.
Percy Harvin is a risk for any head coach, especially a new one. The Chicago Bears must do their homework carefully if they really have eyes on Percy Harvin. Rivalry aside, the Minnesota Vikings won't let him go cheap. That is why Devin Hester could become key.
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