Tical21 wrote:After really being excited about this move, I have digested, taken a step back, and don't like it anymore.
I LOVE Percy. I even have a Percy Harvin T-shirt. I think he's a great player, possibly elite. Expecting 13 games or whatever doesn't really bother me either. What bothers me is that the Hawks are a run-first team that now has a bazillion dollars tied up at WR and TE. The Seahawks' leading receiver had 50 catches last year. 50. And the Hawks WR corps wasn't bad. Golden Tate has come miles. Rice is very good when healthy. Did we just spend a first rounder and 12+ million per year for a player that is going to catch 50 balls? If the Hawks threw the ball around the lot, I would be all over this. But WR might be the least impactful position on the entire roster considering the style the Seahawks play with.
The Seahawks need DL help. They need OL help. They need LB help. They soon have to negotiate with Okung, Sherman, Earl Thomas and Tate, and Wilson isn't going to be far behind.
Percy's money if 12 mil per year, cost them 2-3 quality players they could have added, and possibly the chance to keep one of their studs at more impactful positions long-term.
Of course I hope he is the guy that puts our offense over the top and makes us incredibly dangerous. This team has needed a speedy playmaker for thirty years. But I'm thinking all the resources could have been best used at a position that helps the Seahawks play the way they are built to play, which is by running the ball and playing defense.
I am a step ahead of you. I liked it, hated it, and like it again.
Number one, we don't know the money. Speculating about how it is going to hamstring us is worrying about the unknown. Number two, when I look back at playoff contenders over the last several years, they have some really big money tied up at skill positions and have to adjust their lineups accordingly.
And number three, I trust these guys to find players with unique skills in later rounds who will fill out the lineup.
Your 50 balls number is pointless. Almost all pass heavy quarterback centric offenses begin as conservative run first offenses. Tom Brady used to be a game manager with Cory Dillon running the rock. The Ravens were a run first team for a time, but aren't now. It took us a half to figure it out agaisnt Atlanta, but we don't have to be a run first team either. Being pass first is not the goal, being multiple is.
I think Percy adds 3 to 4 points per game to our team. He makes stress for defensive coordinators, and if our offense is potent, opposing offensive coordinators are stressed to score early and often as well. He stresses special teams coordinators too.
Next year, some of the cap hit from Miller goes away. And like it or not, we were never going to keep all of our legion of boom, can you see a team tying up 30 to 40 million a year up in a secondary? Guys like Lane and Maxwell are here just for that.