Last week, PFT reported that receiver Percy Harvin “definitely” will be playing in 2016. At the time, Harvin “definitely” intended to play.
A week later, the pendulum that is Percy Harvin has swung back in the other direction. Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports that it’s currently “unlikely” Harvin will play.
As one source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT, it all comes from Harvin’s habit of changing his mind. A week ago, he “definitely” intended to play. It’s entirely possible that his mindset has since changed. If so, it’s entirely possible that his mindset will change once again.
I asked the source whether Harvin’s desire to play is linked to his options. Could, for example, whether he gets a chance to play for a contender with a franchise quarterback be a factor? As the source explained it, the driving force primarily is Harvin’s habit of waffling and wavering and flat-out changing his mind, over and over again.
Enough teams view Harvin as having enough gas in the tank to make them willing to talk if/when he decides to play — and if he signs a contract to that effect. Until he’s all in, however, there’s a chance Harvin will go back and forth and back and forth again, wanting to play before not wanting to play before wanting to play.
The risk for any team that signs Harvin will be that he changes his mind after putting pen to paper. Some teams would say he’s not nearly good enough to justify the risk that he’ll decide in the middle of the season that he’s going to walk away.