I'm floating this possibility out there, even though many readers will be conditioned to reject the idea and file it in the "ain't never gonna happen" category. Why am I even bringing it up? Two reasons: 1. Harvin would instantly upgrade the Bengals passing attack, providing a legitimate sidekick for A.J. who can stretch the field as a deep threat and keep defenses honest with his ability to run the ball on misdirection plays and 2. Due to the migraines and his documented problems in the locker room with two different head coaches I don't see any team offering a 1st rounder for him and believe a 2013 2nd round pick, possibly combined with an additional 2nd or 3rd rounder next year if he meets incentives, would be enough to reach a deal with Minnesota.
1. The year remaining on his rookie contract may allow a team acquiring him to structure a contract that gives the team a year to see how he works out with an incentive laden option to extend him for additional years at a higher salary if he doesn't prove to be a cancer in the locker room.
2. The Bengals have had success in the past turning around the careers of troubled players, with off-field incidents and/or reputations as undisciplined, emotional players (e.g. Taylor Mays, Vontaze Burfict).
3. The Bengals renowned medical staff might be the only one in the league with the moxy to apply modern psychiatric techniques such as frontal lobotimization, waterboarding or shock therapy to fix Harvin's migraine and behavioral problems. It's seems only logical that if Harvin had half a brain, he'd be a lot easier to manage and the migraines would be only half as severe.
1. The team has dealt with me-first diva WRs (see Ocho Cinco, Chad and Houshmandzadeh, T.J.) previously and it didn't work out so well.
2. The team would likely have to part with their early 2nd round pick from the Raiders and possibly a 2nd or 3rd round pick in 2014. Both, picks could be used to target a player, such as a top RB like Bernard or Lacy who'd be capable of making an immediate impact.
3. Harvin's brain fails to respond to the advanced treatment regimen of the Bengals' medical staff and he misses a lot of games, becomes a poison in the locker room and/or becomes a very dull interview subject.
So let the discussion begin! Are you in favor of the Bengals pursuing a trade, if no 1st rounder is involved, or are you against the idea?