As the hype surrounding the Super Bowl starts to build, there are a pair of former Vikings who are looking to achieve a valued goal if Seattle beats New England a week from today – Kevin Williams and Percy Harvin.
For Williams, the reason is obvious – after a long career with the Vikings, he has his chance for his first Super Bowl ring. Harvin’s interest in the game is for a much different reason – the approximate cost of a Super Bowl ring.
By league rules, playoff money is split up among more players than might meet the eye. A significant number are players are entitled to half-shares (and presumably a Super Bowl ring) if Seattle wins. Among those are players on the 53-man roster for the Super Bowl, first year players under contract that were put on injured reserve, non-vest veterans put on injured reserve during the preseason that are still on the roster and players not on the 53-man roster that played between three and seven games with that team.
Although his ending with the Seahawks was ugly and abrupt, Harvin qualifies under the last of those half-share scenarios. If the Seahawks win Sunday, Harvin will walk away from their championship run with $70,500 for his share of the playoff money if the Seahawks repeat as champions.
The Seahawks have every right to think they’ve spent enough on Harvin, much less being required to size him for a second Super Bowl ring – it’s still not clear as to whether Harvin would be entitled to have the franchise pick up the tab for his second ring.
The rules are in place for a reason. Players get cut. Players get injured. Players get traded. In two seasons with Seattle, Harvin played just eight games – six regular-season games and two postseason games. He could be in line for some type of record – fewest games played with postseason compensation and potentially a pair of Super Bowl rings – one for every four games played.
Harvin’s only regular-season game of 2013 came against the Vikings, where he was injured again and missed the remainder of the regular season. He came back for the Divisional Round, only to get hurt again against New Orleans and missed the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco.
It can be argued his kickoff return to start the second half of last year’s Super Bowl was the dagger that officially allowed the Broncos to bleed out and kill off any hope they had of a second-half miracle. It was a pretty good gig if you could get it, but his one big play on the sports world’s grandest stage somehow made the millions Paul Allen paid him worthwhile.
But, after reportedly punching Golden Tate during the week before the Super Bowl and Doug Baldwin a month into this season, the Seahawks had seen just about enough of Harvin and shipped him off to the Jets.
Had they orchestrated a deal with a team within their own conference, Harvin wouldn’t have been due a dime. Instead, they exiled him from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.
There are other former Vikings on the Seahawks’ roster – Tarvaris Jackson on the active roster and Heath Farwell and Derrick Coleman (a one-time camp-body fullback) on injured reserve. However, as the Seahawks head to the desert Southwest, there is going to be a couple of former Vikings who have a lot at stake – one to fulfill a childhood dream and another to cash a check.
Get your popcorn ready.
Harvin for the money, Williams for the dream
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