FOUR BITS: Harvin, Nelson, Harrison, Haden

By Adam Silverstein
October 20, 2014

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1 » The trade of former Florida Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin – from the Seattle Seahawks to the New York Jets – was completed over the weekend in a transaction which you can read about in full by clicking here. However, since the trade was first reported on Friday, there has been plenty of fallout from the situation, most of it centering on Harvin and his alleged anger-management issues.

According to CBSSports.com‘s Jason La Canfora, Harvin was a “pain in the ass,” who was not a fit for the organization “on a lot of levels,” and the situation did not “look like it was going to get better. Per The Seattle Times: “Harvin had gotten into an altercation with former Seahawks Golden Tate before the Super Bowl that resulted in Tate getting a black eye. A source also said Harvin had an altercation with Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin in the week leading up to the final exhibition game this August at Oakland that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin and each player being excused from practices that week. … One final straw, a league source said, came in [last] Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas when Harvin apparently balked at going back into the game in the fourth quarter.”

The Seahawks, which are also looking to clear cap space in preparation to re-sign quarterback Russell Wilson, believe they will be able to get along just fine without Harvin, just like they did last season when they won the league’s title. Multiple Seattle players were reportedly angry about management’s decision, namely star running back Marshawn Lynch. Former teammates, including QB Brett Favre, have come to Havin’s defense. Favre called Harvin, who he played with as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, “a good guy in the locker room” despite being “a little combative … in a good way” because “Percy’s all about doing whatever he can to help you win. He’s tough as nails and really that’s all he cares about. … I liked him as a player and a person.”


2 » There was also additional fallout from the trade as the Jets were forced to make a subsequent roster move after acquiring Harvin. New York decided to cut wideout David Nelson, who had amassed just 65 yards on eight receptions (with two fumbles in a single game) through six contests this season. Nelson started five of those six games, 11-of-18 of his contests with the Jets and 25 of the 35 NFL games he has been active for since 2011. Nelson is expected to clear waivers, though it remains a question if another team will pick up the oft-injured pass catcher this year.

3 » Former Gators center Jonotthan Harrison was not selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, a surprise to many considering his success as a starter at Florida from 2011-13. Harrison, however, did not have the measurables that many teams look for at the position, which made him a better undrafted free agent signing – lower risk – than a draft selection. Well, the Indianapolis Colts pounced on Harrison in free agency, and he wound up being instrumental for the team in the preseason when their starting center (Khaled Holmes) went down with an injury. Harrison moved back to a reserve role when Indianapolis signed A.Q. Shipley to start the season in place of Holmes, but he has quickly supplanted Shipley and appears to be cemented in as the Colts’ center. “The expectation is that Jonotthan Harrison will be the Colts’ starting center for years to come,” wrote Mike Wells of ESPN.com on Saturday. “Now you’re looking at the Colts’ quarterback-center tandem of the future” [with Andrew Luck].”

4 » Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, who struggled early this season but has bounced back as of late, was featured by ESPN over the weekend as he sat down with Josina Anderson to discuss saving his younger brother, Jacob, from a tragic accident he was involved in as a youngster. Check out the touching and emotional story below:

4 Comments

  1. G8trATL says:

    It would be interesting to see how many Urban Myer (overall was not at UF for that many years) recruits whom had played for UF had “some sort of character issues / difficulties in society” / pain in the ass issues at the next level. While there is always going to be kids who get into trouble, the numbers from his years at UF at least it speaks to the type of recruits Meyer was going after. Maybe he assumed for every Tebow its ok to have a, Poncey tiwns, McDonald, Harivin, Cooper to where there has been some sort of issues.
    Maybe i’m looking at some positive from the Muchamp regime at this past weekend.

    • Gator John says:

      I found myself thinking this same way. Muschamp seemingly ran a tighter ship as far as discipline than Meyer. And with recent events in Tallahassee, I find myself wondering if I would rather have the problems that UF has now, which are all within UFs control (ie winning games) with program that is run the right way versus winning every game but having the specter of scandal looming over our heads. Winning solves a lot of problems, but I always felt uneasy during Meyers tenure when things didn’t seem to be handled as above board as they could be. And I do believe FSU will ultimately pay in the near future for their win now at any cost attitude. Of course it would be great to have both a winning team that is squeaky clean..but…

  2. Dave K says:

    I hope all these team changes doesn’t give Percy a headache. (Ahem!)
    PS: Hate seeing Nelson cut…

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