“Unpredictable” Percy Harvin goes back and forth on playing in 2016

AP

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.

37 responses to ““Unpredictable” Percy Harvin goes back and forth on playing in 2016

  1. The guy is unreliable — has showing time and time again.

    What team would take a chance with him unless they were desperate?

    You have to really believe he has outplayed his hand.

    :-/

  2. I can’t believe this article didn’t include the line:

    Percy Harvin will definitely be playing in 2016, unless he doesn’t.

  3. Fwiw, I’m also on the fence about playing in the NFL next season. And I have about the same chance of a team wanting me as Percy Harvin.

  4. I was excited when Seattle got him. I thought that his play was very good and I was disappointed that he didn’t stay available as much as the team needed. I was disappointed when he was not retained and initially thought the team was making a mistake. I am disappointed that he didn’t live up to even a portion of his potential. Not just with the Seahawks, but with his entire career. I still think about how it could have been so different……….I wonder if he does or ever will?

  5. This guy is the epitome of wasted talent. Such a shame that he’s an absolute headcase.

  6. “The risk for any team that signs Harvin will be that he changes his mind after putting pen to paper.”…………..worse yet is during the season when he changes his mind from game to game whether he “feels” like playing. Randy Moss could get away with the “I play when I want to play” but Harvin hasn’t come close to earning that status.

  7. “The risk for any team that signs Harvin will be that he changes his mind after putting pen to paper.”…………..worse yet is during the season when he changes his mind from game to game whether he “feels” like playing. Randy Moss could get away with the “I play when I want to play” but Harvin hasn’t come close to earning that status.

  8. I guess his game plan is hoping some team is either desperate enough or dumb enough to take on this prima donna with average on field performance and generally only excels at creating drama in the locker room.

    Has been….if he ever was a been.

  9. This moron wouldn’t even go into a game while healthy(fourth quarter of Seahawks vs Cowboys) because he wasn’t happy with his touches. They ran the bubble screen play anyways to a special teamer for a loss of 2.
    Please no more wack job Harvin updates

  10. The only way he’s going to get any contract is if it’s filled with incentives–like a per-game bonus and performance incentives. No signing bonus, no guaranteed money. Any team dumb enough to give him a signing bonus or guaranteed money will soon find out how much he wants to play–not so much–after he signs his name.

  11. Who truly cares. This guy is the bull crap artist of modern day NFL.

    Play 4-5 games then call it it a season

  12. If Buffalo takes him back, at any price , Doug Whaley should be fired immediately.
    ——————————————————————-

    He was our leading WR through 5 weeks of the season. If he hadnt quit, he likely had a better season than Sammy Watkins did. He needs to be committed to playing, but when he is playing he can be an asset to the team

  13. He learned this from Favre. He just needs to find a coach and teammates willing to drive to his house to convince him and pick him up at the airport.

  14. I’m leaning toward unlikely only because for it to be likely, someone would have to want him on their roster.
    I’m guessing that his market is pretty much non-existent.

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