For the second time in 19 months, former Florida Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin has been traded. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to send Harvin across the country to the New York Jets for a conditional draft selection. According to ESPN.com‘s John Clayton, it selection will be anywhere from a second- to fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, dependent on production.
Harvin, who had a tumultuous four seasons as the leading receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was traded to Seattle in March 2013 for three draft picks including a first-rounder that offseason. He was then re-signed by the Seahawks to a six-year, $64.25 million contract, which included a $12 million signing bonus and $14.5 million guaranteed.
He has $41.5 million remaining on his contract, which runs through 2018, though none of it will be guaranteed and New York can cut him at any time without penalty.
Due to injuries, Harvin only suited up once during his first regular season in Seattle, catching a single pass for 17 yards on Nov. 17, 2013. He was worked back into the fold during the playoffs and made his greatest impact last season during Super Bowl XLVIII, when he opened the second half of the game with an 87-yard kickoff return touchdown that pushed the Seahawks ahead 29-0. He also toted the ball twice for 45 yards.
Seattle was extra careful with Harvin this offseason, doing whatever it could to ensure that he would be healthy throughout the 2014 campaign.
Returns looked promising when he totaled 100 yards on 11 touches in the Seahawks’ season-opener, but Harvin has failed to make an impact over the last five games, hauling in a total of 15 receptions for 74 yards while carrying the ball seven times for 52 yards with a touchdown and a fumble. (Penalties called on his teammates negated three touchdowns Harvin scored in a single game two weeks ago against Washington.)
Despite Harvin’s lack of statistical production this season, one must wonder whether Seattle is making this trade for football reasons. Since he entered the league in 2009, Harvin has been one of the most electric players in the NFL with the ball in his hands, when healthy.
Harvin has missed 25 regular-season games in his NFL career including seven-straight to conclude the 2012 season and 15-of-16 in 2013. The injury issues he had with the Gators continued when he entered the league, and he has also suffered a string of violent migraine headaches, primarily in 2010, that are apparently now under control.
Percy Harvin will now have 3 bye weeks on the season. Week 4 (SEA) this week (Jets already played) and Jets bye (Week 11)
— Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) October 17, 2014
OnlyGators.com will update this story as more information is made available.