There's no doubt in mind that when healthy, Percy Harvin has proven to be an elite wide receiver in the NFL, as well as playing a dominant role in special teams on kickoff returns, returning five kickoffs for a touchdown in his career.
This past offseason, the Seattle Seahawks traded their 2013 first-round draft choice, one of their three seventh-round draft choices, and a 2014 third-round draft choice to acquire Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings.
When practicing with the Seahawks in the off-season, Harvin was diagnosed with a slight labrum tear in his hop. In August, Harvin had a successful hip surgery, and is not expected to return until November at the least.
Following Harvin's injury, many football analysts have dropped the Seahawks in Power Rankings, and many football fans feel it has impacted the team negatively.
Putting this in perspective, it has SLIGHTLY negatively impacted the Seahawks regarding the time wasted. When Seattle acquired Percy Harvin, the quarterback's primary objective is learn his new weapon's abilities and tendencies. In this case, it's safe to say that Russell Wilson has wasted time bonding with Harvin in practice, when he could have focused on learning another promising receiver.
Now put the time wasted aside, and look at the Seahawks' success during the 2012 season. Most of that success came from Seattle's defense, which was ranked No. 4 last season, which isn't surprising when you have playmakers such as Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, and others.
It's not like Wilson doesn't have other weapons he can use. He has a top-five running back, Marshawn Lynch, and above-average receivers, Golden Tate, Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, and arguably Anthony McCoy. With this team alone, the Seattle Seahawks are a Super Bowl contender. Adding Percy Harvin to the mix would surely boost Seattle's offense, but they have nothing to worry about with him gone.
"We like the talent on our football team. There's a lot of talented players all throughout the National Football League. But like anybody always says, it's never, ever about one player. It's about the team."
-Seahawks' GM John Schneider