(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seahawks for first and seventh round picks in this year’s NFL draft on Monday.
The Seahawks owned the 25th overall selection in this April’s NFL Draft and that will now go to Minnesota. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman spoke about why he decided to part ways with Harvin.
“It was an opportunity for us to accumulate some draft picks,” Spielman said on Tuesday. “We just felt it was too good to pass up for us to move forward as an organization and to continue to build this organization.”
The Seahawks will receive a third round pick in 2014 from Minnesota.
“We still have eight draft picks. This is a highly unique player,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said on Tuesday. “If you place Percy in this draft I think there would be some pretty strong arguments on how high you would go.”
In 54 career games, Harvin has 280 receptions for 3,302 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Harvin has no hard feelings, and is apparently excited to play with quarterback Russell Wilson. “His body of work, I think last year speaks for itself,” Harvin said. “I admire people that like to work, so how could you not be a fan of him?”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN