The NFC West Just Got Better

HOT STOVE!

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Minnesota Vikings traded their best non-Adrian Peterson offensive player, the 24-year-old, jack-of-all-trades wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a first round and a seventh round pick in this year’s draft and a mid-round pick next year. Harvin had wanted out of Minnesota and found a team that he can help win now. The Seahawks have their coach in the perfectly quaffed Pete Carroll, they have their quarterback and they now have a good receiver who isn’t made of glass (Sidney Rice – also pilfered from the Vikings) and who doesn’t trash talk after catching a touchdown that was really an interception (Golden Tate). The Seahawks are loaded on defense and still have Marshawn Lynch. Imagine Russell Wilson, Lynch and Harvin all lined up in the backfield. Looks good, doesn’t it?

Not to be outdone, the San Francisco 49ers traded a sixth round pick, a sourdough bread bowl filled with clam chowder and one of Jim Harbaugh’s Sharpie necklaces for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin. This is clearly collusion between the Harbaugh brothers. John Harbaugh feels badly about the Super Bowl defeat of baby bro, so he traded Jimmy a wide-out for scraps. The truth is that Baltimore had no interest paying Boldin what he actually wanted. The choice was either waive him or get something – anything – for him. And this deal clears up cap space for the Ravens to throw more money at Ed Reed and frees up the money needed to bring in motivational speakers to fulfill the “Ray Lewis role.”

San Francisco needed this. Randy Moss isn’t coming back. Mario Manningham is coming off of knee surgery and Michael Crabtree isn’t really as good you think he is. Boldin gives them a possession receiver who has great hands and is coming off of a Super Bowl win. Being traded and only having a year left on his contract, he’ll play angry.

This day of trades throws new salt into the wound of the “What’s your deal?” rivalry between Jim Harbaugh vs. Pete Carroll. The rivalry began when Carroll was dominating at USC and Harbaugh was doing math, or whatever people do at Stanford. Both coaches are jerks who only want to win (this LA Magazine piece comes to mind about Carroll) but with their teams only getting better, the rivalry will only get more intense for them, and better for the rest of us.

With these acquisitions, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the two NFC West powers are now co-favorites to win the Super Bowl.

NFL Free Agency starts tomorrow. Buckle up.

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