Last-place Jets an odd destination for Percy Harvin

AP

Usually, if a team is going to give up a draft pick for a high-priced star in the middle of the season, that team is a playoff contender hoping that player is the last piece of the championship puzzle.

Which makes the last-place Jets an odd destination for Percy Harvin. So why did the Jets pull off the trade today to acquire Harvin from the Seahawks?

For starters, the Jets were interested, and not many other teams were. PFT has heard that there were a few other teams that expressed some interest in Harvin, but not many. The combination of the $7 million Harvin is still owed this season and the fact that Harvin has a reputation for being difficult means that most teams simply weren’t interested in bringing him on board.

We don’t yet know the identity of any other teams that were interested in Harvin, but it could be that the Seahawks were only willing to trade him to non-contenders. The defending Super Bowl champions decided they’d had enough of Harvin, but they still recognize that he’s a talented playmaker who could make a difference for some other team. They surely weren’t going to trade Harvin to the 49ers or the Cardinals or anyone else they might face in the NFC playoffs, and for that matter the Seahawks may not have been willing to trade Harvin to any AFC team they could have to face in the Super Bowl. By trading Harvin to the 1-6 Jets, the Seahawks are virtually certain they’re not going to have to play against him.

It also helped that Jets G.M. John Idzik previously worked in Seattle and is a former colleague of Seahawks G.M. John Schneider. Idzik may have heard through his contacts in Seattle that Harvin was wearing out his welcome and acted quickly to pull off the trade.

So now Harvin is on his way from the defending champs to a last-place team. That doesn’t fit the normal profile of a blockbuster in-season trade.

96 responses to “Last-place Jets an odd destination for Percy Harvin

  1. Percy, like Favre, will serve out his sentence with the Jets. Retire. Get released. Unretire. Get picked up by the 49ers so he can stick it to the Seahawks twice per year.

  2. I’ll say….No QB to get the Diva the Ball?? Can’t wait to watch this explosion….

  3. Hawks probably sent him to the spot where they thought there was the least chance of him coming back to bite them. Maybe there was no one in at the Jaguar’s offices when they tried to call.

  4. I’m sure Harvin is going to get quite intoxicated tonight. His chances of getting another ring/rings just went from definitately to never. Life isn’t fair.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans.
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  5. maybe Seattle has more malcontents and are using the old adage “punish 1 to teach 1,000”

    could have been worse for harvin though, he could have been trade to the Bills ( I am Bills fan, so I know of the pain and suffering of Bills receivers the last 14 yrs or so)

  6. The Jets have so many holes on their roster and now Harvin’s salary??? I guess this is Ryan’s way of leaving without flushing the toilet.

  7. Same day Seattle traded a 1, 3, 7th for Harvin the 49ers gave up a 6th round pick for Anquan Boldin.

  8. If I remember right, Belichek liked Harvin coming out of the draft. With WR issues in NE, the jets are probably playing keep away from NE.

  9. The seahawks wanted to trade him to a non contender. Why didnt they just trade him back to the vikings?

  10. The Jets are not really thinking about the rest of this year. Harvin is not a smart man and everything is different in his new system. He will help on returns but I wouldn’t expect to see him making a huge impact on offense for a while.

    The interesting part in all of this is Seattle wanting to get rid of him so quickly. Percy is a hothead and has a history of failing to control himself. Throw in the lack of meshing in another locker room and there is potential trouble looming. I would not be shocked to learn about a new DV type issue with him. Hope not for the Jets’ sake but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  11. This trade is confusing to say the least, if he was a butt head with the Hawks what makes Idzik or anyone think he will tow the straight and narrow. Anyhow, I guess when you get overpaid and yes 12 men or whatever u guys call yourselves they did . Good luck to the Jets.

  12. As much as I like to mock the Jets this makes perfect sense

    #1 – they need to assess whether to keep GeNO at QB. It’s tough to assess a QB with few receiving threats. Harvin helps there.

    #2 – look at the Jets remaining schedule. Try to find a team other than the Patriots with a winning record. You won’t. Every game is actually winable (yes, even the Patriots).

    I don’t think they’ll rattle off 9 wins but will they win enough to save Idzik and Wreck’s job? Speaking as a Patriots fan I REALLY hope so!!!!

  13. Makes no sense. The only time he was an effective wr was when Favre threw him the ball. Jets have a clogged backfield already so he can’t get much there, which is where is is productive when he doesn’t have a hall of farmer throwing him the ball. And the jets already had a young, cheap promising kick returner. This makes no sense. Oh and geno smith is the quarterback. This is an even worse situation for Harvin than seattles use of him. It’s about the same as minnesotas situation when ponder threw him the ball and he had to play with Peterson.

    But the jets get better. No doubt. They might win several more games because of this trade, but they basically are only hurting their draft stock to get a quarterback.

  14. NLF Logic, Seattle fans style =

    Percy Harvin traded to Seattle = good move for Seattle = Percy Harvin traded out of Seattle = good move for Seattle.

  15. I wonder if he’ll actually play any games for the Jets. He barely played for the Seahawks, and they’ve got a lot of leaders who play hard. The Jets have QB’s who miss meetings. Get ready for the thigh bruise to take a long time to heal.

  16. You gotta love the Vikings fans crowing over this. Yeah, you got the better end of that trade. And with that…..your team is still a laughingstock. Congrats?

  17. sterling7 says:
    Oct 17, 2014 7:05 PM
    You people do all of this talking-what the hell did the Seahawks get in return????????
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    Heard on Sirius that it was a single conditional mid-round pick. (That and they aren’t responsible for that stupid contract anymore)

  18. Its a move by Idzik to get Geno a weapon so that he won’t lose his job for drafting Geno in the first place. Had they had Harvin against NE last night probably would’ve won. Interesting timing.

  19. @mikeinsanfran The same day you 49er fans were watching two teams you could care less about……The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 48. We definitely overpaid for Percy and lost that single battle, but at the end of the day we won the War. In the grand scheme of things its all relative, but you keep reminiscing about your accomplishments 20-30 years ago.

  20. This has probably been in the works for a while…they just decided to announce it this Friday to mess with the Rams. They’ve planned all week to go up against Harvin and NOW they find out he won’t be there! LOL

    Go LIONS 🙂

  21. Very low risk/Very high reward for the Jets.. Don’t understand how anyone can call trading a conditional mid-round pick a bad move? Or are the PFT Jets Trolls out in full force again?

  22. The majority here as usual, are unabashed idiots. Percy, thank you for your contribution to the Seahawks during your time with us. Your performance in the Superbowl will be replayed for a thousand years. I have no doubt you will retire as a Seahawk. Good luck down the road, the Jets will finally win a game. The Seahawks will still win another Superbowl.

  23. seahawksfansince2013 says:
    Oct 17, 2014 7:09 PM
    I’m sure Harvin is going to get quite intoxicated tonight. His chances of getting another ring/rings just went from definitately to never. Life isn’t fair.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans.
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Delusional! The 1/2th man is a joke. Your franchise is a joke. They just said no one wanted Harvin. Doesn’t sound like jealousy to me smart, guy. Sounds like yet another mistake by a lame franchise. oh and FYI, you’re the second coming of the TB Bucs. I know you wont be watching football in two year. Just like you weren’t watching football two years ago.
    #2012th man LOL!

  24. This is hilarious, because the Dolphins are criticized for signing Mike Wallace while giving up no draft pick yet the Hawks are geniuses for giving up all kinds of pick and the same money. Now the Hawks bail and the Jet are criticized.
    Media blah blah blah!

  25. “Same day Seattle traded a 1, 3, 7th for Harvin the 49ers gave up a 6th round pick for Anquan Boldin.”

    What and you think nepotism had nothing to do with that ? I’m not sure who else see’s a conflict of interest in trading a start like Boldin to your brother’s team for a low draft pick but I sure do.

    If Boldin had been cut loose as a FA he could easily have ended up in New England or Denver, the last places the Raven’s would have wanted him to go.

  26. I’d love to hear something a bit more specific out of the media other than….”Harvin is known to cause trouble”.

    Really? All I’ve seen is injury and migraine issues with Harvin. If that’s “trouble”, then Sean Lee and Sam Bradford must be horrible teammates and people.

  27. pantherpablo says: Oct 17, 2014 7:30 PM

    Should’ve traded him to the Jags
    _________
    Should’ve shipped him for a V8

  28. Maybe it was like in Madden when you want to trade a guy you could do without for a pick, but ~20 teams have the same offer, so you trade to one with a last place record.

  29. Harvin if cut prior to June 1, 2015 still had $7.2 million in cap hit due to dead money.

    Cut prior to June 1, 2016, still had $4.8mm in dead money.

    Cut prior to June 1, 2017, still had $2.4mm in dead money.

    A $7.2mm cap hit after this season would prevent deals, including tight on Wilson’s contract = get something for Harvin now vs nothing in the offseason and a $7.2mm cap hit.

    Seahawks did the right thing admitting a mistake and getting something from him now.

    Even if it’s a 4th rdr, it will be a high 4th.

  30. Wow that Dallas beat down really got into peteys head. Seastericks offense now consists of a bad O line an average read option QB and a worn out almost 30 year old back.

  31. Not a bad gamble by Jets. They had money in the bank the GM was sitting on for way too long and still have plenty leftover. They can cut Harvin at end of year if they want to with no cap hit. 4th rounders are hard to project.

  32. Golden tate is feeling vindicated. They didnt think he was worth the money he got in free agency but were willing to pay all that for Percy. Any honest hawks fan would admit right about now they are wishing they had kept Tate for a fraction of what they were willing to pay Percy before ultimately cutting ties with both.

    But every organization makes mistakes, and in actuality the seahawks have made less than both, as evidenced by their lombardi trophy last year. I give them credit for calling a spade a spade and moving on.

  33. Well, if it’s attitude issues Jets is a good place for Harvin. Rex is a buddy to his players. Rex would probably coddle him and pump his ego more. He might even end up as their star player and his name tattooed on Rex foot.

  34. seahawksfansince2013 says: Oct 17, 2014 7:09 PM

    I’m sure Harvin is going to get quite intoxicated tonight. His chances of getting another ring/rings just went from definitately to never. Life isn’t fair.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans.
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering
    =================================

    Lighten up, Francis.

  35. Salary cap move. Russell Wilson’s contract ends after 2015, but the Seahawks would be wise to try to extend him this off season. They’ll likely try to trade more players with big cap numbers whom they don’t really want, rather than release them and get nothing in return.

    The return from the Jets is a conditional pick in rounds 2, 3, or 4.

  36. Harvin has had durability issues and migraine problems throughout his career. They won last year without him. The offense has done just fine without him, and that’s a large sample size. Seahawks need the cap space. I get it.

    Totally makes sense for the Jets, they might only have to give up a 4th and they don’t have the same need for salary cap space that Seattle does, so the contract isn’t a problem. Harvin is still dynamic. Low risk high reward type move.

  37. phiddysent says:
    Oct 17, 2014 7:45 PM
    I’d love to hear something a bit more specific out of the media other than….”Harvin is known to cause trouble”.

    Really? All I’ve seen is injury and migraine issues with Harvin. If that’s “trouble”, then Sean Lee and Sam Bradford must be horrible teammates and people.
    ~~~~~~~~
    Google is your friend.

    He has physically attacked an assistant coach (choked) while in college, got into multiple uncontrollable tirades with Childress AND Frazier at Minnesota. At college he refused to do certain drills and for some reason the staff changed that drill to “basketball time for conditioning”. Then there is the issue at UoF, Minnesota, AND Seattle where he was thought to be milking injuries so he wouldn’t have to play. He undermined Childress and Ponder also. Then there are a boatload of injuries (legit or not) that have kept him out of more games than he has played in both college and the NFL. Need more? TGhis guy is an amazing talent but he is also an amazing PITA. Good luck with that attitude in NY

  38. Hey, Jets got Santonio Holmes back! I’m guessing they were the only takers with a crap record, since they both run WCO. I can’t believe people think Ryan should get canned over Idzik over that mess though. You can only align turds in so many formations.

  39. seahawksfansince2013 says:
    Oct 17, 2014 7:09 PM
    I’m sure Harvin is going to get quite intoxicated tonight. His chances of getting another ring/rings just went from definitately to never. Life isn’t fair.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans.
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering
    ———————————————————————

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Delusional! The 1/2th man is a joke. Your franchise is a joke. They just said no one wanted Harvin. Doesn’t sound like jealousy to me smart, guy. Sounds like yet another mistake by a lame franchise. oh and FYI, you’re the second coming of the TB Bucs. I know you wont be watching football in two year. Just like you weren’t watching football two years ago.
    #2012th man LOL!
    ————————————
    Hey, check his name….he’s a 49er troll…bet you feel a little dumb…

  40. guitarfreak21 says: Oct 17, 2014 7:04 PM

    HAHAHA sea chickens were robbed by Harvin and the vikes. Lol it doesn’t take a genius to figure who won that trade.

    Thumbs up if you think it’s hysterical that a Vikings fan is talking about being robbed in a trade

    – Signed A Cowboys Fan

  41. I completely agree with harrisonhits2. I just wonder why the league didn’t bother to investigate this. But then the league loves the Harbaughs.

  42. bus035 says: Oct 17, 2014 7:33 PM

    @mikeinsanfran The same day you 49er fans were watching two teams you could care less about……The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 48. We definitely overpaid for Percy and lost that single battle, but at the end of the day we won the War. In the grand scheme of things its all relative, but you keep reminiscing about your accomplishments 20-30 years ago.
    ———-
    In the grand scheme of things, its ALL about how many lombardi’s you have, last I checked, your 4 behind. Now you have no decent receivers for wilson and will most likely end up in the NFCW dumpster. The dynasty has ended before it ever began. OneAndDone

  43. that 7 mil in dead cap money will make things interesting next year for extending Wilson. Couple that with the big contracts they signed this year may prove to be challenging for Schnider. He has a good track record, and its a ballsy move to admit such a mistake. So I gotta give him props for that….and I hate the Hawks.

    Boy they turn on you quick up in North West dont they…..

  44. babygaga19 says:
    Oct 17, 2014 7:13 PM
    The Jets have so many holes on their roster and now Harvin’s salary??? I guess this is Ryan’s way of leaving without flushing the toilet..

    gaga= wrong on both counts. harvin is on a rest of the year rental deal with a renewal option for the jets. no real risk. and ryan had nothing to do with the deal, or much of the rest of the roster; that would be idzik.

  45. drakost says: Oct 17, 2014 8:24 PM

    Thumbs up if you think it’s hysterical that a Vikings fan is talking about being robbed in a trade

    – Signed A Cowboys Fan

    Sure it’s funny, but it’s also true.

    – Signed a Vikings fan.

  46. Sure it’s true the Jets aren’t contenders. The Seahawks won’t be meeting them in SB any time soon. But if the Seahawks lose to the Rams this week we might be saying the same about them.

  47. Same day Seattle traded a 1, 3, 7th for Harvin the 49ers gave up a 6th round pick for Anquan Boldin.

    ———————————————————————————-

    And in February he scores a TD in the Super Bowl while Bolden and the rear of them Niners and their fans watched it on TV.

  48. I don’t think the Seahawks owe Harvin anymore money. That contract is now on the Jets ledger and they can cut him without any cap hit after the season.

  49. Harvin is 126th in the NFL in receiving yards, with Russell Wilson at QB. Just where do you think he’ll end up with Geno Smith as QB. Hopefully he can continue to talk a good game, as that is a requirement to be a jet.

  50. All you guys making fun of the hawks for making those trades for Harvin. You may want to look at who the drafted and when and the value they have for them IE Wilson and Sherman. I think it evens itself out. Oh yeah the also won the Super Bowl. The reason they got rid of Percy is the exact reason they will be good for awhile.

  51. Seahawks fans can rationalize all they want, but the facts are the facts.

    At the end of the day they traded 1st and 3rd-round picks and got 10 games, 27 catches, 322 yards and 2 TDs out of Harvin.

    And, oh by the way, paid him a total of $18M for those 1o games and got back lower picks than they gave up.

    Not their finest moment.

  52. I guess Harvin never heard of Terrell Owens.
    Hell of a ball player. Not worth the headaches.

    It’s the same in any business in the world. A guy that’s pretty good and a team player, with a good attitude is worth more than a guy who may be great, but is a huge pain in the butt.

    It’s a fact written in stone. It doesn’t only apply to sports.

  53. He was trouble at Florida, and obviously it wasn’t working out with the Seahawks. The Jets are a desperate team, who need help, but it’s a little too late. Maybe he will be able to actually catch the ball. Strange move at this time of the season.

  54. tout86 says: Oct 17, 2014 7:15 PM

    If I remember right, Belichek liked Harvin coming out of the draft. With WR issues in NE, the jets are probably playing keep away from NE.
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    Pats don’t have the cap space to burn on Harvin.

    Not many teams besides the Jets do

  55. lofynus says:Oct 17, 2014 8:44 PM

    It could’ve been much worse for Harvin… He could’ve been traded to the Raiders.
    ——————————————————-

    That would have been a great move…..at least Oakland has a QB in Derek Carr…..Geno Smith sucks.

    Harvin will disappear when he comes down with a case of MPH. The jets lose nothing…..a 4th round pick, which the GM would have screwed up anyway and the seahawks get rid of a problem and a contract. Besides Harvin said he wanted to be part of a winner….he saw the seahawks going downhill fast…..one and done and he had heard Rex say the Jets are a contender

  56. FO gave up WAY too much for this guy. He made a great contribution in the SB, essentially ending the game with the second half KO return for a TD, but did nothing else last year, and very little this year except as a threat on kick offs(wonder if Redskins ever got him out their heads). Hawks made it to the SB without him last year. Bevell never seemed to realize that he was a WR and not a RB. Hopefully, with that distraction gone, Bevell can get the O back on track. Would like to see what Richardson has to offer.

    Good luck in NY Percy

  57. the Jets GM made a great move, but it may be too late for the team….but it’s a great trade as now it gives the Jets a playmaker to help Decker out and help our Geno Smith.

  58. bassnw says:
    Oct 17, 2014 7:25 PM

    LOL….Vikes fan (they only have one) brags about winning a trade. That’s the only thing they have ever won.
    ———————————————————-
    I dunno, didn’t they trade for Hershel Walker?

  59. rahavort says:
    Oct 18, 2014 7:25 AM
    Good…..good. Add more dysfunction to the Jets locker room. Like adding a fuse to a powder keg
    _____________________________________

    Yeah, that narrative’s from two years ago. The Jets aren’t dysfunctional at all. They’re just not very good.

    Big difference.

  60. Harvin was a mistake…it was no accident Seattle drafted Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood this year….Seattle may have seen the handwriting on the wall or suspected it last spring…Look for both of them to be active in the lineup…as well as Christian Michael…Seattle has other offensive weapons that haven’t got the reps until now….who understand the team concept…like the old saying goes Percy…” If everywhere you go there is a problem…maybe you’re it.” What’s funny is that I can name numerous teams that paid both free agents and #1 picks that were a bust…constantly…it happens sometimes in the NFL…Seattle has been pretty good with their talent decisions…I give them credit for admitting their mistake sooner rather than later…and moving on.

  61. maybe they think the AFC (L) east , is still wide open…after all New England is in first place and the Jets almost beat them Thursday, and the refs took a game tying TD away against the winless Raiders in the final seconds…….never count Brady out, but i think you count NE defense out this year…..just not sure who you want to put your monry on…i guess NE by default

  62. I’m surprised the NY media hasn’t spun a story yet on how the Jets were trying to get Harvin there before their Pats’ game Thursday night; and that the evil Kraft used his magic over Goodell and stalled it until Friday.

  63. Well, now that Percy is down the road, and although they need to somehow figure out how to gain more yardage on first down, so they do not CONSTANTLY end up third and forever, Pete needs to tinker in another area of this team. I don’t care one way or the other for Seattle, however, if I were a fan of the Hawks, I would be hoping the brain trust would turn their attention to the DEFENSE. This time last year the D had some twenty sacks. They aren’t even in DOUBLE DIGITS as I type this, teams are running on them, and third downs for opponents pretty much means the next play will earn enough yardage for a new first down. Interceptions and or takeaways aren’t happening much either. Hawks were able to rotate the D Line last year with little or no drop-off in skills, which also helped the fatigue factor. Those players who rotated are gone or hurt and the starters are gassed. They lost in St. Louis Sunday, to a QB who has a distance to go before he is talented enough to be considered a journeyman! This defense is a SHADOW of last year’s crew. Come to think of it, so is the performance of the OFFENSE!

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