Jets acquire Percy Harvin from Seattle for a conditional pick

Update, 7:22 p.m.: The NFL Network reported Percy Harvin’s “anger issues” played a role in Seattle’s mid-season decision to trade him to the Jets Friday. (, 10/17).

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Harvin was difficult to deal with in the locker room, and the Seahawks were trying for “several weeks” to trade him.

In four years in Minnesota, the Vikings had numerous problems with Harvin including his public criticism of quarterback Christian Ponder. NFL Media’s Albert Breer reported that Harvin’s “anger management issues” followed him to Seattle.

The Jets have acquired Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick, according to Jay Glazer. (Twitter, 10/17)

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported the draft pick was a “mid-rounder.” (Twitter, 10/17)

Harvin, 26, has 22 catches for 133 yards this season in five games for Seattle In February’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, he returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 43-8 rout of Denver. Harvin was acquired from Minnesota for for first- and seventh-round picks in 2013, and a third-round pick in 2014.

The Jets will take on around $6.5 million in cap charges this year for Harvin and will pay him $10.5 million next year and another $9.9 in 2016.  The deal amounts to a 10 million a year for the Jets with what looks to be no guaranteed money moving forward. (

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Wow.  This is not something we expected to see on a Friday night, especially after falling at the hands of a divisional rival on a Thursday in October for the team’s sixth L of the season.  But the move is not unwelcome and has a lot of threads that already seem to make sense for the Jets.  We’ll write more about this later, but in short here’s what we think; the Jets have had a longstanding history of crushing on Harvin and they are finally getting their chance.

The Jets were rumored to have interest in trading back into the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft to acquire Harvin to pair with rookie QB Mark Sanchez.

The Jets were tied to rumors about interest when Harvin was looking to leave the Vikings more than a year ago.

Pete Carroll has been a longtime fanboy of Percy Harvin, and might have even been the one to put the 2009 bug in the Jets ear on Harvin.  Carroll knew Harvin back in the days when Carroll tried to recruit him to USC, albeit unsuccessfully.  Carroll would have had a long time to think about pairing his quarterback and Harvin before the Jets ever considered it.

The Seahawks compensation for Harvin was part of how the Jets were able to set the market in trading Darrelle Revis to the Bucs.  Now, just 18 months later and only getting a mid-round pick, we can see how badly the Seahawks overvalued Harvin and might even be pining for Golden Tate.  It’s fair to say that when you look back at moving Harvin to the Jets and Revis from the Jets over time, the Jets are the undoubted winners of this rectangular trade route.

John Idzik’s past relationship with the Seahawks likely paved the way to this deal, but we’d be shocked if he didn’t have the enthusiastic approval of both his coaches and the team’s executives alike.

The Jets 2014 season might be going by the wayside, but they are serious about strictly evaluating their offense (and their coaching staff) prior to this offseason to determine the team’s future (read: quarterback) course of action.  Adding a player like Harvin, even if the Jets might be out of playoff contention, might provide the spark that the Jets offense needs to better determine just what they have … or don’t have.

Damien Woody nailed the conundrum the Jets are in Thursday night during the Jets-Patriots game before they could potentially blow things up this offseason.

Now Smith has an infinitely better weapon.  Granted, when that weapon doesn’t have a migraine headache or leg injury.

Chris Ivory is taking decisive control of the backfield.  Eric Decker has been a steadying influence when healthy, but isn’t enough on his own.  Jace Amaro is becoming a bigger part of the offense but still can’t be fully relied on just yet.  Adding a player like Harvin gives the Jets a truly versatile player who can line up all over the field (X,Y,Z, backfield, H-back, etc.) and might actually be able to fill the some of the role that the Jets had in mind for Chris Johnson.  The upside of a player like Harvin over CJ is that Harvin has much better hands as a receiver and is younger and more dynamic as a runner.

The big concern with Harvin is as it has always been; he spends far too much time in the garage due to his laundry list of injuries.  There’s also the question as to whether Marty Mornhinweg will be able to scheme his use effectively like Darrell Bevel did in Seattle.  And even so, will Geno be able to find him down the sidelines?  While Harvin’s injuries are totally unpredictable, I have enough trust in Marty to get the job done. We’ll see how Geno gels with Harvin, but we’ve now got nine games to find out if Harvin can help make Geno a better player.

Bottom line, now clear of future guarantees or dead money, this is a very palatable deal for the Jets that is all upside and does little to tie up their cap space.  The Jets can keep the dynamic but injury-prone Harvin as long as they see fit through 2016 and pay as they go.

BGA Wrap-up: Jets at Patriots

Last night’s TV coverage built up to the game with a textbook hype package, voiced by Don Cheadle:

“It’s the rivalry that never gets old, only better!”

Moments later a wide open Shane Vereen fell into the end zone to give New England a 7-0 lead and I thought to myself “It just got old”. However, the inevitable blowout never followed and, in many respects, you could say the Jets outplayed the Patriots the rest of the way.

While a moral victory is pretty worthless, I’m not sure that actually winning the game would have been that much more valuable in the grand scheme of things. It would have been nice to beat the Patriots, but realistically the Jets’ playoff hopes were already pretty much done. Hopefully we can still get them at home later in the year. Now the schedule looks a lot kinder over the rest of the season, we should at last see the Jets start to win some, but it seems destined to be too little, too late.

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BGA: Well, whadda Geno?

In unexpected fashion, Geno Smith put forth an encouraging performance, devoid of any major mistakes and with some of the decisive play that had been lacking from his game over the past few weeks. Is this the real Geno or merely a mirage?

I must confess, however, that several times during the game, while I was thinking to myself “Hey, Geno’s actually playing pretty well!” his stats flashed up on the screen and I was left thinking “Is that it?” That’s notable because there are more instances in the past of Smith (or Mark Sanchez) seemingly playing really poorly and then when you see their final numbers, they actually don’t seem as bad as you’d have expected. Maybe it’s just a function of the fact that my expectations had been lowered so far that a pedestrian performance actually seemed like a great one by the standards to which I’d become accustomed.

I don’t want to say that though, because I did see some positives from Smith’s performance. Still, he was five-for-seven for 48 yards against a prevent defense on the final drive without which his final numbers would have been very underwhelming indeed: 15-for-27, 178 yards, one touchdown.

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BGA: Brand new Oday

Brian Winters had struggled so badly over the last year, that some people were suggesting you could put anyone in there at left guard and the Jets would be better off. With Winters’ season-ending injury last weekend, the Jets are forced to test that supposition by turning to last year’s fifth round pick, Oday Aboushi, for his first career start.

Aboushi, who only converted to guard in the offseason after having been inactive 16 times as a backup tackle in 2013 had appeared briefly in a couple of games and his performances there, along with some of some preseason struggles over the last few years, left little in the way of signs that he’d be able to step right in and hold his own. However, while he won’t grade out too well due to some errors, Aboushi’s performance was actually pretty good and the line looked cohesive despite the short week of preparation.

The line provided Geno Smith with much cleaner pockets than they had been over the past few weeks and while they gave up five sacks (two of which were negated by penalties), each of these came after they had initially blocked well and the protection only broke down when the quarterback held the ball for too long. The run blocking as a unit was also much improved and the results – 218 yards and a touchdown on the ground – speak for themselves. What was Aboushi’s part in all this though?

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BGA: Get your motor running

The Jets running game was firing on all cylinders this week, making it seem all the more baffling that they’ve seemed so impotent over the last few weeks. Of course, improved run blocking was a factor and we’ll be discussing that later on. The Patriots don’t have the strongest front seven in terms of run defense either. Still, 218 yards on the ground is pretty good going.

Chris Ivory had a great game, with 107 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, including three runs over the right side for 12 or more yards. He had three broken tackles, 55 yards after contact and some good cutback reads. While it took him a while to get going, Chris Johnson also looked as good as he has since opening day, with 61 yards at an average of 4.7 yards per carry, picking up some tough yards in the second half.

Both Ivory and Johnson have 12 catches on the season. Who would have predicted that with Johnson entering the season with a 272-to-5 “edge” in that category? Ivory did in fact have the lead on him for this year until Johnson caught two short passes to kick-start the final drive.

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BGA: Getting off the island

You sense this was an important game for Eric Decker’s reputation. Entering the game, he didn’t have much of a record against number one corners because of the fact he was usually the second or third option in Denver. In two previous meetings with Darrelle Revis, Decker had zero catches. Never mind that Revis wasn’t covering him and he only played six snaps in the first game and had Tim Tebow throwing him the ball in the other one, that’s not a good thing to have on his résumé – especially when he laid an egg against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Decker ended up with four catches for 65 yards, which is far from an offensive explosion, but he did manage to get separation from Revis on a couple of plays – one outside and one over the middle – for 42 yards and a first down. He also drew a penalty and almost came up with the ball on a pass Revis broke up where another penalty could arguably have been called. Against Revis, that’s not a bad day’s work. At his apex, in 2011, Revis only gave up two catches and 31 yards per game. This year, only James Jones (3-43) and AJ Green (3-64 against Revis, 7-81 overall) have fared any better against Revis this season. That’s hopefully a positive sign that a healthy Decker is going to be able to produce no matter who is covering him, which will be a boost to the rest of the receiving corps.

Having said that, he didn’t get much help from the rest of the receiving corps with no production whatsoever from the wide receivers until late in the game. Those other wideouts were only targeted once between them in the first half, a further sign that perhaps teams are making it tough for them to get open.

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