March 17th, 2013
The NFL New Year officially started on March 12th, and a plethora of wide receivers quickly found new teams. Here are 3 of the biggest wideout acquisitions:
1. Percy Harvin to the Seahawks
The speedster from Minnesota adds more talent to the explosive Seahawks offense. Even though Harvin has not played a full 16 game season yet, he functions as both a wide receiver, who can turn screens into 50 yard gains, as well as one of the top kick returners in the league.
My Thoughts: This move will hurt Minnesota a lot. The team can't rely on Adrian Peterson, their star running back who was only a first down away from breaking the single-season rushing record. He will not be enough to bring them to the playoffs every year. Now the Vikings lost another playmaker. Adrian Peterson addressed this as "being kicked in the stomach multiple times". Ouch! On the other hand, Seattle is going to be a Super Bowl contender next year. Adding Harvin makes this offense dynamic, and with the stingy Seattle defense, the Seahawks are going to be hard to beat.
2. Mike Wallace to the Dolphins
Mike Wallace, who is one of the most dynamic players in football, is packing his bags and heading to Miami. The ex-Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has signed a megadeal that makes him one of the richest players at his position. He will be a great piece for the Dolphins offense and a devastating loss for Big Ben and the Steelers.
My Thoughts: The addition of Mike Wallace will cause the Dolphins to challenge the Patriots for the division crown. Since wideout Brian Hartline was resigned, Ryan Tannehill is ready for a breakout season. Also, Mike Wallace could run with the ball in possible Wildcat formations.
While Wallace will turn the Dolphins into playoff contenders, the loss for the Steelers will probably keep them out of the playoffs for a second straight year.
3. Wes Welker to the Broncos
The best slot receiver in football is heading from playing with one of the best quarterbacks in history to another. Wes Welker, who was a key part of the Patriots' success and was Tom Brady's main target, joined Brady's rival, Peyton Manning. This figures to destroy the Patriots' offense and electrify the Broncos' offense.
My Thoughts: Peyton Manning now has Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Jacob Tamme. The Broncos are now the favorites to win the AFC, and maybe even the Super Bowl. The Patriots lost a great player in Welker, but made up for some of it by signing Danny Amendola. This trade shows how much the Broncos are getting better and the Patriots worse.
Other Notable Wide Receiver Trades:
Danny Amendola to the Patriots
Greg Jennings to the Vikings
Anquan Boldin to the 49ers