4 BITS: Harvin, recruiting, Pounceys, McDonald

By Adam Silverstein
March 17, 2015

1 » Former Florida Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin has found his fourth NFL home, signing a one-year, $6 million deal with the Buffalo Bills for the 2015 season. Harvin, who has been traded twice in the last two years and was cut by the New York Jets this offseason, follows head coach Rex Ryan to the Bills. Injuries and character concerns have derailed Harvin’s NFL success, but he is still seen as an explosive playmaker who can be a difference-maker both on offense and special teams. The one-year deal allows him to prove his value and potentially facilitate a long-term deal with a franchise in 2016.

2 » Florida football is going young. How young? Well, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the Gators recently sent offers out to a high school freshman in running back Lorenzo Lingard and an eighth-grader in wide receiver Blake Hinson. According to their head coaches, Florida’s offer is the third for each player; Lingard also heard from Georgia and Iowa, while Hinson was offered by Miami and North Carolina. How did the Gators go about offering an eighth-grader? Hinson’s coach, DJ Mayo, told the News-Journal that he showed the player’s tape to head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier on his cell phone; an offer was sent the next day.

3 » Former Gators centers Maurkice and Mike Pouncey made waves on Tuesday when they denounced star wide receiver Mike Wallace in a clip of an interview that will air on the CBS4 evening news. Both former teammates of Wallace – Maurkice with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike with the Miami Dolphins – the brothers made it clear that Miami did the right thing in trading him to Minnesota. “In my opinion, he’s a coward. I would never want a guy on my on my team like that, man, who would walk out on your band of brothers,” said Maurkice, referring to Wallace leaving the field in the Dolphins’ regular-season finale, while Mike nodded to his side. “I think it was the right move for everybody,” Mike conceded.

4 » Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, a starter who was cut by the team after being accused of domestic violence (not charged) and sexual abuse (expected to be dropped) separately in the same season, plans to sue his second accuser for defamation. According to the San Jose Mercury News:

“In the eyes of the NFL teams, the unresolved threat of charges being filed against him, even though factually unfounded, continues to present a roadblock to this remarkable athlete being able to move forward in his career,” according to the release. “This lawsuit is intended to vindicate him … and return his good name.” …

“False accusations such as this not only harm the person who was subjected to the accusation,” he said in the news release, “but they also harm women generally, causing unwarranted suspicion in cases where an individual is rightfully accused of a sexual crime.”

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