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Report: Seattle was ready to cut Harvin

The Seattle Seahawks were so desperate to rid themselves of Percy Harvin they were prepared to release him outright before trading him to the Jets, according to an ESPN report (ESPN, Oct. 19).

ESPN also reported that Seattle general manager manager John Schneider was “fully forthcoming and transparent” about Harvin’s widely reported issues with teams they contacted about possible trades.

The New York Post reported Seattle will get a sixth-round pick at a minimum in the deal and a fourth-rounder if Harvin is on the Jets roster in 2015 (Post, Oct. 18).

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Based on the compensation the Jets gave the Seahawks, there doesn’t seem to  be any reason to doubt it.

With that said, does that mean that the Jets should have waited for Harvin to be cut loose? Not necessarily. There would be no guarantee that Harvin would sign in New York as a free agent and the money is palatable and pay-as-you-go moving foward. But all things being equal, the team might have been better making a trade with the Eagles for DeSean Jackson back in the spring if they were going to make this move for a seemingly more troubled player before the end of the 2014 season anyway.

As I wrote over the weekend, Harvin will be a very expensive Rorshach blot for the Jets.

Adding Harvin gives the coaching staff a chance to state their case at what they could do with more talent. It gives the front office a long look at what Geno might be capable of with an infusion of talent. It gives upper executives a very concentrated look and how everyone in football operations is doing their job and allows them to make a better informed decision after the team’s final nine games of the season.

BGA: Scouting Percy Harvin

Earlier today, the Jets officially announced that they have traded a conditional draft pick for former pro bowl receiver and kick returner Percy Harvin, as had been reported yesterday. While Harvin is a well known player, I’ve been reviewing recent footage to try and assess what he brings to the table.

After being drafted with the 22nd pick of the 2009 draft by the Vikings, the 26-year old Harvin, who is listed as 5-11 and 200 pounds, entered the league with a bang, winning the offensive rookie of the year award and making it to the pro bowl. He was an exciting player in his first three seasons, averaging over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scoring 24 touchdowns, including four on kick returns. Since 2011, he’s only started 13 games due to injuries and while he’s still been productive on a per-game basis, he hasn’t had the same kind of impact. Nevertheless, at the start of last season, the Seahawks traded multiple picks including a first rounder to acquire Harvin and then gave him a $67m contract extension. While he barely played last season and hasn’t been very productive in 2014, he did showcase his big play ability in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Broncos in February.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Harvin’s career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses with a particular focus on his disappointing production the last few years and the factors influencing this. To read more of this story, click here

Reports: Harvin gave Tate black eye, refused to re-enter Cowboys game

Percy Harvin‘s departure from Seattle was preceded by several conflicts with teammates and coaches, culuminating with his refusal to return to the field in the Seahawks’ loss to the Cowboys last Sunday (Pro Football Talk, Oct. 18).

The Jets acquired Harvin for a conditional draft pick Friday.

Pro Football Talk reported Harvin, 26, sat out the fourth quarter against Dallas after having three carries for minus-1 yards and three catches. Earlier this season, the Seattle Times reported Harvin and wide receiver Doug Baldwin fought the week before the Seahawks preseason game against the Raiders. The New York Daily News reported both players were excused from practice that week and Harvin didn’t travel with the team to Oakland (Daily News, Oct. 18).

Pro Football Talk also reported Harvin got into a fight with former Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate in the week before Seattle’s Super Bowl victory over Denver at MetLife Stadium, with Tate receiving a black eye.

Jets to release Nelson to make room for Harvin

The Jets will release WR David Nelson to make room on the roster for newly-acquired Percy Harvin, according to team reporters.

Nelson had eight catches this year for 65 yards. He also fumbled twice.

Harvin and Nelson were teammates in college.