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Seahawks pursued Reggie Bush before landing Percy Harvin

Mike Ehrmann

Former USC, Saints, Dolphins, and now-Lions running back Reggie Bush disclosed in a recent interview that the Seahawks showed interest in him early on in the free agency period, noting: "I could've signed back with Miami, Arizona. Seattle was kind of after me early on and Atlanta was a possibility, too." (Hat tip to Nate Tepp for that nugget).

The only reason I find this tidbit interesting (the Seahawks seem to be 'after' pretty much every free agent on the market as part of their 'no stone unturned' policy) is that considering Seattle went out and traded for, then signed, Percy Harvin to a long-term deal, it would seem this front office was really looking to add a more dynamic element to their offense.

Essentially, the Harvin thing wasn't necessarily a 'target of opportunity' so much as the 'the best option for the type of player we really want to bring in.' I.e., an 'X-factor' type player that could take the top off a defense on one play and be used underneath or even in the backfield on another. The matchup-nightmare type player that the offense didn't really have.

As John McGrath pointed out shortly after the Seahawks completed the trade for Percy Harvin:

Carroll called Harvin "unique." Strong word. When I asked him if there was anybody whose ability to elude tacklers is comparable, he volunteered ex-USC running back Reggie Bush. The Seahawks had a chance to sign Bush - he's a free agent who last played for Miami - but instead, they worked out a trade with the Vikings that'll cost three draft picks, including a first-rounder next month.

While it's obvious Carroll thinks the world of Bush's game, it's just as obvious he thinks more of Harvin's game, which gives quarterback Russell Wilson a slot-receiving target with an extra dimension - a conventional running back - that's ideal for the zone-read chapter in the playbook.

Carroll had tried to recruit Percival back at USC to replace the departed Heisman Trophy-winning Bush, but as Carroll recounts, Harvin's mom wouldn't let him go all the way that far West to LA. For what it's worth, Harvin's only non-Florida recruiting trip was to Carroll's USC.

Regardless, not a groundbreaking nugget, but I just found it interesting that Carroll, John Schneider and the front office were apparently looking for that 'lightning' type of element for the offense - first kicking the tires on Bush, but eventually landing the bigger fish in Harvin.