At some point on Monday, Jets receiver Percy Harvin will get his first taste of the New York media. He already has gotten his new number.
Via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have announced that Harvin will wear No. 16.
Inevitably, jerseys with that name and number will be available to buy at the team’s official online store. But with Harvin on his third chance and some in the league believing that Harvin’s temperament and attitude and fighting with teammates make him unfit for the privilege of playing in the NFL, there’s a sense that the Jets will cut and run if Harvin’s behavior doesn’t change. So why would anyone invest in a jersey that Harvin may not be wearing for very long?
The better approach may be to dust off the old Brad Smith or Vinny Testaverde jerseys and change the name plate. Or just rip the name plate off. Because it’s likely at this point — with Harvin due to make $10 million in 2015 and the Jets able to avoid a two-round upgrade in the draft pick the Seahawks will get by dumping him — that this is a nine-games-at-most experiment.