New England Patriots Potentially Interested In Percy Harvin


Feb 2013

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The New England Patriots headed in the NFL playoffs following another impressive regular season campaign in 2012. Tom Brady and company were able to lock up the AFC East division title once again while clinching a first-round bye and were considered the favorite to win it all in some circles. Few believed that any team in the AFC would be able to contain or even compete with the Patriots in the postseason. The number one seeded Denver Broncos were given an outside chance of getting the best of Brady, but it seemed like a foregone conclusion that New England would advance and reach the Super Bowl for a second consecutive season. Unfortunately, the team didn’t anticipated arguably their best receiver going down for the rest of the year. All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski had only just returned for a broken arm suffered in the regular season and had plenty of rest to get back to form before the first playoff game against the Houston Texans thanks the first-round bye, but it wasn’t enough to avoid re-injuring the arm and forcing the up-and-coming tight end to undergo season-ending surgery. Even with Gronkowski sidelined for the rest of the playoffs, the Patriots were still an extremely talented football team on the offensive side of the ball. Brady has the unique ability to make any receiver better and was thought to do just that with one of his favorites target out of the rest of the postseason. Although a valiant effort reaching the AFC Championship game once again, the Patriots fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and were forced to re-evaluate the team heading into the off-season. One thing does appear to be clear following the disappointing end to the season, Gronkowski will remain with the team for the long-term while perennial Pro Bowler Wes Welker will not. Welker will more than likely hit the free agent market next month and never look back forcing the Patriots to explore other options. One of those options may be Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota recently let it be known that they intend to trade Harvin with his contract demands being something the team cannot accomodate. As a result, Harvin will be trade bait in the off-season with the Patriots licking their chomps at a chance to get younger talent around Brady with only few more years left playing at a high level in New England.

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