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When Schneider first was approached about a Harvin trade, his answer was "absolutely no," according to SI.com's Peter King.
Because Schneider and former salary-cap specialist John Idzik managed the salary cap so well the past three years, the Seahawks could afford to be the only NFL team paying two wide receivers more than $8 million per season. It certainly helped that Harvin carried the "street cred" to command respect in the team's pay-day pecking order.
Harvin was tied for the NFL lead with 62 receptions, first in the NFL with 531 yards after the catch, second in kickoff return average (35.9) and second in receiving yards (677) before the ankle injury that ended his season in Week 9.
Schneider took a risk not just on one of the league's most dynamic players but also a versatile weapon in Harvin, whom NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell recently described as "a movable chess piece that advances the continuing evolution of NFL offense" once teamed with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.