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New England Patriots Rumors: Percy Harvin and Ed Reed

Two interesting rumors that could end up involving the New England Patriots began to float around yesterday, and both of them are backed up by credible reports from Jason La Canfora and ESPN’s Tom Pelissero involving Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.

According to a report from ESPN 1500 Twin Cities (Pelissero), the Vikings never intended to allow Harvin to play out the final season of his five-year rookie deal, and Pelissero adds that Harvin could end up costing the Vikings around $9 million. That could force the Vikings to trade away Harvin, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly “loves Harvin”. Rumors early in the season swirled that the Pats could trade Wes Welker for Harvin, but those were only rumors and I definitely can’t see that coming to fruition after this season. I love Harvin, but I love Welker even more.

But here’s the thing, the Vikings won’t even be asking for Welker nor do they want Welker (at least, that’s my guess on the latter one). The Vikings want to add some draft picks, but I could also see them looking to acquire Welker should they decide to add a short and intermediate threat to match up with Christian Ponder’s strengths (accuracy) as a quarterback.

The New England Patriots might add a new safety to the roster in the offseason, and that would involve allowing Patrick Chung to walk in free agency. Although Chung is a bit injury-prone and has too many lapses in coverage, he is a hard-hitter, a leader for this secondary, and a very good safety in run support. Losing Chung would sting a little, especially since he is the best fit for the in-the-box strong safety role opposite of deep free safety Devin McCourty.

But I wouldn’t be complaining about that if the Patriots can snag Ravens free safety Ed Reed. In fact, the Pats could feasibly keep Chung and Reed if they wanted to, but that would mean trying to get rid of Steve Gregory. He was just signed this offseason, so that’s probably not happening. Whatever the Pats plan to do this offseason with regards to the safety shuffle, it will most likely end up making sense.

Jason La Canfora reported on NFL Today yesterday that Reed’s teammates believe that the 34-year-old future Hall of Famer will not stay with the team after the 2012 season. If that’s the case, then it’s going to be weird watching the Ravens play without Reed and Ray Lewis.

The report listed the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints as possible destination points for Reed, and all three of these teams could use Reed. The New England Patriots should also be in the mix, because Bill Belichick loves Reed. If the Pats beat the Houston Texans, then Reed and the Ravens will be coming to Foxborough next week in what will prove to be another hard battle. The Ravens are looking for revenge after the Pats edged them out last year in the AFC Championship, but first the Pats have to quiet down another revenge-filled team today in the Houston Texans.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/liam.mcknight.35 Liam Mcknight

    id love to have ed reed, him and mccourty at safety would be ridiculous and he’d be a good mentor for chung who is similar in size and speed (Ed was alot faster when he was younger, chung has 4.4-4.5 speed and great quickness)….. a Reed-Mccourty-Talib-Dennard secondary is just ridiculous and if they added one more passrusher to the team it would be a top-5 or top-10 defense in the nfl, period. linebackers are set. Chandler Jones might be that passrusher anyways…. ninkovich is solid, wilfork is the best, a DT that can rush the passer? who knows… all i know is this defense is geting really good.

    As for Harvin? IF we lost welker i’d like to have him. if not i’d rather grab a bigger reciever, someone like braylon edwards (if he can still play, dude is 6’3 with 4.4 speed and is only 29 years old) due to gronks injury problems

    • http://twitter.com/Cornerss william

      i also think it takes more then a couple free agents to take a bottom feeder defense to top 5. We saw the turnovers and sacks evaporate when 30 points aren’t put on the board.

      • MikeInMaine

        We saw our secondary improve DRAMATICALLY just by the addition of Talib. Moving McCourty and Arrington- so they will NEVER play CB again is a fantastic improvement. And if we got ONE great FA now; like an Ed Reed- or someone younger but with the leadership skills.. we’d be just fine. And there is NO correlation between the turnovers and sacks the D makes and how many points the O puts up. Put the crack pipe down, skippy.

    • MikeInMaine

      All you said was great except Chung is a pos who needs to be gone far away from NE. And I’d LOVE to have Harvin AND a tall, fast WR. But I thought Edwards was a so-so catcher, no? And a head-case. I think Dwayne Bowe would be more likely. And I’d like it.

  • http://twitter.com/Cornerss william

    um, did you not watch the game? Brady wasnt doing a normal qb slide when he kicked reed. Reed would never be a patriot. Ravens are hardwired against it

    • MikeInMaine

      What are you; stupid? Ed said he could DEFINITELY see himself playing for the GREAT Bill Belichick. If you can’t separate your being a retard from the facts, you really should shut the hell up.

  • MikeInMaine

    I have to say that I enjoy most of the writing by this author, but Patrick Chung is a very LOUSY safety- who I pray is long gone as soon as possible. And Steve Gregory was an upgrade from the previous year in the leadership role as he’d had many years experience. BUT he’s not a GREAT leader or a great safety. Often Marquice Cole was the worst player on the field all day, and STILL Kyle Arrington was in strong contention for that honor if he was put in the wrong role/ position. I’d LOVE to see ALL of these guys gone. Tavon Wilson showed equal if not better skills as a rookie! But I think the #1, biggest issue is with the DB coaching. Think about it; not ONE single player has developed, but EVERY SINGLE ONE has regressed in the last few years!!!! We ONLY improved when a new guy came in (Talib)!!!! HELLO!!!!! hehe.

    • MikeInMaine

      And btw, I think Nate Ebner has more upside than these guys I want gone, because he’s still learning the game of football/ unlearning rugby!! And he is a natural beast. I *think* he’s not as fast as Chung, but he hits even harder and is a lot more durable. And one more btw, I believe Julian Edelman should be utilized as a DB more often- just as he was the year before last. He was a friggin BEAST too. If he didn’t sack the QB once or twice.. he came DAMN close to it. And he stuffed the RB for a loss a couple times, and he was GREAT at pass coverage on more than a couple occasions that I recall!! And this was all in a now and then type role. Have they tried to dedicate him in the role of safety?? Remember Troy Brown playing DB and WR!!

      • MikeInMaine

        And one more btw!!! haha. Is it possible for Dane Fletcher to play a modified role- as a safety instead of LB (if we can’t pick up a high caliber safety in FA or the draft)?