Where were you when you first heard about Percy Harvin being traded to the Seattle Seahawks? You should remember because it will prove to be a very important trade in NFL history. The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens also made a big move of their own, sending Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers. Is it me, or do the Niners have a thing for over the hill receivers? I should lighten up on Boldin though: if it weren’t for him we wouldn’t have to hear about a big Joe Flacco contract. Actually, I wish I could go back and live in that world. Flacco seems to be a lot more talkative since then.
Anyway, who do you think got the best deal overall, the Seahawks or the 49ers? It’s tough to say initially because each deal is different in what they actually accomplished. Harvin is a prolific receiver with a bit of a checkered history and Boldin is somewhat reliable but old. Who will make the biggest splash in the NFC West: Percy Harvin or Anquan Boldin? Let’s break it down.
Seattle Seahawks Trade Grade: A (They acquired one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, instantly boosting their offensive attack)
Percy Harvin came at a steep price, but it will not prove to be as costly as some think. They shipped the 25th overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings, along with a 7th round pick, and a mid round pick in 2014. Harvin was selected 22nd overall in 2009, and he has proved to everyone that he belongs here. Wide receivers are all risky being drafted out of college, so why not give up what is always going to be a gamble for someone who you know can help you now? It makes perfect sense for the Seahawks. Now the Vikings get to do the gambling with that first round pick, and their offense is not going to improve for at least a few years.
The Seahawks wanted a dangerous receiver and they got one. Harvin can truly do it all. I wasn’t the only one to notice how bogged down the Vikings’ offense got when Harvin went down to injury. If he missed 1 more game, Peterson would have had the all-time single season rushing title, without a doubt. There is no one else on that team to throw to. The Seahawks had a problem like that, but now they are an extremely dangerous team in every facet of the game. Percy even makes their special teams better.
San Francisco 49ers Trade Grade: A+ (the minimal risk involved puts them over the top)
Anquan Boldin was acquired from the Ravens for a measly 6th round pick. The Ravens could not afford to keep Boldin because he would not take a pay cut, so they dealt him. What is a 6th round pick between brothers, right? Well in this case, the 49ers won big. I do not think Boldin is a tremendous receiver by any means, but giving up a 6th round pick for an established veteran that can help in many ways is a bargain. The 49ers have no reliable receiver beside Michael Crabtree, and Colin Kaepernick has the ability to do much more than Alex Smith ever could. So the 49ers have filled a hole they didn’t have for most of last season. And they paid almost nothing for it.
This is most likely only going to be a one year deal because the 49ers aren’t going to want to continue paying a huge salary, but they will be sure to make the most of it. Boldin brings that gritty edge that Kaepernick needs. Veterans have a lot of knowledge and experience that can rub off on the younger players, which is essentially priceless.
At the end of the day, the Niners paid almost nothing for a Super Bowl champion who brings a lot of stability with him. He isn’t quite done in the NFL, and he will prove his worth this season.