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March 11, 2013

Vikings trade Percy Harvin to Seahawks

WASHINGTON — Percy Harvin is on his way to Seattle to join the Seahawks.

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade the unhappy receiver to Seattle for a package of draft picks that includes the Seahawks' first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the trade won't be official until Harvin passes a physical.

Foxsports.com first reported the trade and also said the Seahawks included a seventh-round pick this year and a mid-round selection in 2014 in exchange for Harvin, who was producing at an All-Pro level until badly spraining his left ankle last Nov. 4 in a game at Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve a month later, abruptly ending a season that began so strongly. The 24-year-old led the NFL in total yards, including rushing, receiving and returning, at the time of his injury.

Teams aren't allowed to comment on trades or free-agent deals until the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon.

Harvin's arrival in Seattle will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker and hard-nosed runner who has gained the bulk of his yardage after first contact. His departure from Minnesota leaves an even bigger void in a group of receivers that was already one of the thinnest in the NFL.

The Vikings, though, were in a bind, despite general manager Rick Spielman's repeated declaration that the organization had "no intent" to trade Harvin.

He first caused a stir last June 19 when he expressed unspecified dissatisfaction with "some things" about the team. He clarified his feelings a bit after the season started by acknowledging a lack of understanding about his role in offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's scheme.

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