The Seahawks apparently didn’t put Percy Harvin on the trading block, by declaring that they have “no intent” to trade him or otherwise. But the Seahawks reportedly talked to more teams than the Jets about a deal for the highly talented but apparently even more troubled receiver.
According to Peter King of TheMMQB.com, the Seahawks also spoke to the Browns and the Buccaneers about a trade for Harvin. Per King, the Jets ultimately offered the most for Harvin.
If the band of teams had been much broader than those three, someone would have blabbed before a deal in principle had been completed with the Jets. And it’s likely that the Seahawks were selective because they didn’t want to worry about seeing Harvin again on the other side of the field, especially during the postseason.
It seems odd that Tampa would have had interest, given the presence of Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator of the Bucs. Frazier had a front-row seat for all of the Harvin-induced dysfunction in Minnesota.
Harvin would have been an intriguing addition to the Browns, who eventually will get back Josh Gordon. Those two players combined with the team the Browns already have put together could have resulted in a reunion with the Seahawks in February, at the Super Bowl.
But Harvin could have torn apart the locker room in the process. In the end, that’s a risk only the Jets were sufficiently desperate to assume.