In the 2009 NFL draft we drafted William Percival Harvin with our first round pick, and with that pick, gave him a chance even though he had a bit of a history with the law and supposed character issues. From the day Percy Harvin was drafted, he was a star. He came into the NFL and made an instant impact on our favorite team every time he stepped foot on the field. Not only has he been a threat in the short passing game, he's been just as deadly a threat coming out of the backfield too. Add these things to him being one of the
beast best returners in the NFL, and you truly have a franchise player that you can build your team around.Recently, Harvin has come out saying he wants a new contract, and rightfully so. His worth to this team is WAY more than what we're currently paying him and it's borderline abuse the way we trot him on the field and use him so much for how much we're paying him. Here's some very telling stats about Percy Harvin's on field production:
**NOTE: Everything was calculated by me. Feel free to double check my math, but I'm pretty confident in my stats.
- In 8 games played this year (not counting the Seattle game he was injured in), he amassed 773 total yards of offense, a very chill 96.6 yards/game. Good for 3rd in the league amongst WR's, 11th in the league if you only count recieving yards.
- To look further: Percy accounted for 28.4% of our offense's total yards in the eight games he played this year, and that number jumps up to 38.8% of our total recieving yards in those eight games.
Pretty amazing stuff there.
So essentially, Harvin accounted for a little bit more than 1/4 of our offense's total production, yet will only make 1.55 million next year. For reference to how little money that is, here are the players on the Vikings roster who made more money undeservingly (or will make more money next year) then Harvin did this year:
- Erin Henderson
- Jerome Simpson
- Geoff Schwartz
- Kevin Williams
- Charlie Johnson
- Michael Jenkins
- John Carlson
**May be a few more also
And I'm sure Harvin knows all these numbers too. If I were him I would be just as frustrated knowing that he is doing all these things for this team yet is being paid less than John Carlson and Jerome Simpson... Not only has Harvin earned a new contract, he has earned the right to be a top ten paid WR in the league IMO. I don't think he would, or should, come back to the Vikings of they won't extend him prior to the season starting. He will get a new contract with someone this year, and when he does I will be very happy for him. Let's just hope it's with the Minnesota Vikings.
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed looking up and calculating the information. Let me know if I was wrong with any of my calculations and your opinions on the Percy Harvin situation in the comments below.