We need to move on from these "feelings" we are struggling with. Harvin leaving is not great, but I believe it's best for the team moving forward. We want a team that will be competitive for the long haul. Last year showed that Harvin didn't have to be a part of it, especially when we saw the emergence of Wright and a confident Ponder down the stretch. This is going to be an offense built around Ponder now, better get used to it.
Listening to MarkSP18, rj-b, and everybody else in the comments war, they have brought a great deal of perspective to the situation. And truthfully, Mark has been a great read because he views things very differently than the typical homer fan.
Here's my thoughts moving forward and why I feel good about all this. I do not think we will end up getting Jennings, Cruz, Alexander, or any big name WR free agent due to money, age, and/or injury history. Jennings being more of a possibility, but I think we'll go after mid-level depth guys trying to prove themselves and draftees. Ponder is going to have his second full offseason with his offense and there probably won't be anyone "requiring" touches outside of Peterson. You are going to have a bunch of guys busting their humps to get playing time. That means learning routes, studying defenses, extensive time with Ponder and coaches, and diligently working on the little things. Why would it be different than any other year for them? Well because every WR spot on the team is up for grabs, that's why.
Is it a shame we lost Percy? Yes, he's so damn dangerous with the ball. But was he a waste of the 2009 1st round pick, no, not even close. Arif said it in another post, he's had over 7,000 all-purpose yards with the team and Seattle gave us 3 picks including a 1st rounder this year. I still have to agree with Mark that we knew what we were getting into when we drafted him. Was there a contingency plan for when/if he imploded? I don't know, but seems like we did alright, especially with the continuation of The Spielman Project of building a team of the future, and not a team of right now.
Percy has intangibles that will be hard to replace, but people please think about this. Do you really think we will have Percy return kicks if we penned him to a huge contract? That answer is no, that is a risk not worth taking. So take that out of his arsenal.
This is Spielman's team and he's making it very clear that you either get on board or you hit the road. I'm applauding the front office on this one because they didn't wait for this to fester into something worse. Although time will tell if this move bites us in the ass, for now I feel surprisingly optimistic about this and so should you.