Vikings' Percy Harvin trade must be Step 1

OK, I hope you all enjoyed the impromptu chat we held in the previous post. Thanks to ESPN.com blog editor Emily Schaible for setting that up. We thought it was a fun way to start the conversation on the Minnesota Vikings' trade of receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks.

Here's what has been reported as of this moment:

The trade is contingent on a physical and Harvin reaching agreement on a contract extension. You can assume there will be few, if any, issues there if the discussions have reached this stage.

The Vikings will receive the Seahawks' first-round draft pick, No. 25 overall. According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, they will also get a 2013 seventh-round draft pick and a mid-round pick in 2014. That's a higher sum than many had predicted, but to me a first-round pick should have always been the minimum compensation required. It leaves the Vikings with enough firepower (No. 23 and No. 25 in the first round) to move far up in the draft if they want.

I'll have a longer column coming up in a moment, but let's make something clear: This move must be considered the start of something else. Sometimes you have to clear out the cupboard before you re-stock it. The Vikings' offense is worse today than it was yesterday, which makes tomorrow just as important as today. Or something like that. Back in a bit.