John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that for now, it will be hard to wipe the smile off the face of new Seattle Seahawk Percy Harvin.
However, McGrath says the test for Harvin will be how long the smile remains while in Seattle, who brings with him a checkered past from Minnesota.
McGrath: “The Seahawks essentially have swapped their first-round draft choice for an upgraded version of Reggie Bush, a hybrid wonder fundamentally rooted in the power of Bo Jackson and the grace of Marshall Faulk.
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I just hope he keeps the smile.”
Here’s my story from Tuesday’s Harvin press conference.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Harvin deal represents the biggest gamble of the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Harvins adds one more versatile piece to the puzzle offensively for Seattle.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com writes that the Harvin deal sets Seattle up to compete with San Francisco for NFC West supremacy.
Harvin appears on the NFL Network in this video link.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland breaks down the Harvin deal here. Barnwell: “From Seattle's perspective, they're acquiring a special talent. Harvin was downright brilliant at times during the first half last season, and his 2012 numbers extrapolated to a full season are terrifying: 110 catches, 1,204 receiving yards, 171 rushing yards, and seven touchdowns. It feels like he's been around forever, but Harvin is still just 24 years old; the Seahawks will give him a long-term deal that will end before Harvin's even out of his peak seasons. The one thing the Seattle offense might have lacked last year was a downfield burner, and Harvin is one of the quickest young receivers in football. And that was with Ponder at quarterback; imagine how good Harvin will look with Russell Wilson throwing him passes!”
Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press talks with Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder, who says he had no issues with Harvin. Ponder: “Seattle wins, because they get him. Percy wins — he got a new contract, which was what he really has been wanting. And we win, because we get some good draft picks. People have their opinions. There were things I could have done better (last season). But now that he’s on a different team, his opinion doesn’t really mean much.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Russell Wilson received $222,000 in pay for performance from the rookie performance pool, more than half of his $405,000 base salary for 2012.
ESPN’s Igor Guryashkin talks with Seahawks new tight end Darren Fells about signing with Seattle.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. discusses Leon Washington moving on in this video link.
You can follow all the moves around the league here with the NFL.com’s free agency tracker.