In Houston, the Texans refuse to cut receiver Andre Johnson because they think someone is going to offer to make a trade for his $11.5 million payroll burden in 2015. In New York, the Jets could do the same thing with receiver Percy Harvin and his $10.5 million payroll burden in 2015.
The Jets most likely won’t.
Per a league source, the Jets are expected to release Harvin on Monday, three days after trading for receiver Brandon Marshall. In theory, the Jets could squat on Harvin until March 19, at which time the sixth-round pick they gave the Seahawks to get Harvin becomes a fourth-rounder. For now, the plan is to let him go — putting him on the market for the first day of free agency.
The teams to watch continue to be the Chargers, Packers, and Patriots. Harvin may be inclined to do a reasonable one-year deal in the hopes of teaming up with a great quarterback and re-establishing himself as a premier weapon. Still only 26, Harvin could have plenty of solid years left — and he could end up cashing in next year if he manages to get through a full season as a model citizen who performs at a high level and shows true durability.
It’s unclear whether the Jets and Harvin made any progress toward a revised deal. Harvin reportedly was not inclined to reduce his pay for 2015, although a restructuring may have been possible.