Just Say “No” To Percy HarvinMarch 3rd, 2013
Could the Bucs use a slot receiver? Darn right. Could the Bucs use a speedy guy to stretch the field in addition to Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson? Sure. Could the Bucs use a solid return guy (if they continue to keep Michael Smith on the bench for no good reason)? Hell, yes!
So when Joe hears Bucs fans pine for Minnesota receiver/problem child Percy Harvin, Joe says, “Hell, no!”
This seems to be the sentiment of Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune as he discusses the probability of Harvin coming to the Bucs in a Bucs TBO Q&A.
Q. I may be biased because I am a huge Florida Gator fan, but if Percy Harvin could be had for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick, why would the Bucs not pull the trigger? Drafting is a hard process that no one can say they have completely mastered. Who is to say that those picks will pan out well, but if you traded the picks for Harvin you know what you are getting. You are getting one of the most explosive players the NFL has ever seen. I would love to see Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams on the outside with Percy tearing up the slot. Its not going to happen because of the Bucs draft and develop policy, but we need to win and get Freeman some threats, NOW.
A. I can think of a couple of reasons why the Bucs wouldn’t pull the trigger on such a deal. First off, Harvin is threatening to sit out if he doesn’t get a new contract. That’s a problem you don’t want to buy into. Second, he does have a history of injury issues and the Bucs will want to make sure he’s well past those before taking a chance on him. Finally, there may be a better option available once free agency starts. Let’s see what happened with Wes Welker. I think he is someone the Bucs may look to target this year, because he’s bring some sure hands and some valuable veteran experience to the team. I agree that Harvin is a dynamic player, but if you’re going to give up two draft picks, including a second-rounder, for him, you better be sure he’s not only the best player money can buy but the most reliable.
In no uncertain terms, Harvin is a headache, real and implied. He’s not dependable, physically or mentally.
Would Joe love to have a guy of his talents on the field? Sure. But the baggage Joe — and Bucs coach Greg Schiano — can do without.
Look, if the Bucs unloaded a constant distraction like cabbie-slugging, pistol-whipping, helmet-wielding, Adderall-popping, granny-hassling Aqib Talib, if Sgt. Winslow wouldn’t toe the line, what makes anyone think Schiano will stomach Harvin and his constant drama?
No, Harvin is not a Buccaneer Man.