Listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds with a history of debilitating migraine headaches, Harvin could be at more of an injury risk as his career moves on because so many of his yards come after first contact. For all the toughness he brings to a team — in contrast to Moss, whose effort was sometimes underwhelming — Harvin tries to run through tacklers as often as he tries to dodge them. Though he missed only three games in 3½ seasons until hurting his ankle, Harvin missed dozens of practices over those years because of the migraines.
The Vikings now have more room under the salary cap to pursue one of the free agents on the market that opens Tuesday, with Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace the best available but sure-to-be-expensive options. Either way, they'll make wide receivers a primary focus of the draft.
Stephen Burton, Greg Childs, Chris Summers and Jarius Wright are the only receivers currently on the roster. Wright, a rookie last season who replaced Harvin in the slot after the injury, is the only one with more than 73 yards receiving for his career.
The Seahawks, who also signed former Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice two years ago, have another valuable piece in their bid to take the NFC title away from San Francisco. The 49ers were thought to have interest in Harvin, too.
"He's so good you just have to showcase him, and that's what they're doing," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in October before the Vikings-Seahawks game. Carroll, who recruited Harvin out of high school when he was at USC, added: "He's a fantastic player."
Rice and Golden Tate are the top two returning receivers for the Seahawks, who finished 11-5 and lost in the second round of the playoffs. In 2009 when Brett Favre came out of retirement to join the Vikings, Rice racked up a career-high 1,312 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Harvin had 790 yards and six scores.
AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this report.
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