In what has to be the most shocking news of the day, Percy Harvin has been traded to the New York Jets per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
BREAKING: The JETS have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to NY for conditional pick. FOX SPORTS has learned.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 17, 2014
In case the news seems fake or you are still stunned at what you just read:
Again, I’m reporting The JETS have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to NY for conditional pick
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 17, 2014
Hopefully that has given you enough time to take it all in, it will certainly be interesting to see what prompted the Seahawks to make this move. At this time, there is only speculation as to what brought this into fruition. Some of the theories floating around are that Harvin just wasn’t a good fit scheme wise. An interesting theory and one that seems very plausible is that it was nothing more than a cap dump so that Seattle can clear some room to give Russell Wilson that big contract he’s expected to get. The other popular theory is that something just isn’t physically right with Harvin, he should be in his prime physically and he’s now been traded twice. Or maybe even some issues in the locker room or off the field? Everything is up for debate as nothing has been made official as to what the reason was for the trade.
I recall talking to Percy Harvin at the 2009 NFL Combine about his past suspensions and issues. Told me he was a new person. Apparently not
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) October 17, 2014
Harvin is special talent. Sea could have used him this year and released after season with no guaranteed money due. More to story. — Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 17, 2014
Percy Harvin’s anger management issues have followed him, and I’m told that was part of the problem in Seattle.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 17, 2014
What does this mean for Seattle? Obviously they lost a play-maker on the offensive side of the ball, Harvin was possibly their most explosive player. Although, they did get to the Super Bowl without him for much of last season. He did have a big day against Denver under the brightest of lights enroute to a 43-8 drubbing of the Broncos. It was already hard for non-Seahawk fans to recite the depth chart for the wideout position, now it’s ten times more difficult as Harvin was the biggest name by far. Keep in mind that Seattle let Golden Tate walk in the offseason, their biggest name at the position at the moment is Doug Baldwin (who made news recently for an expletive filled post game tirade). Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, and rookie Paul Richardson will be responsible for making plays in the passing game. One of the positives from Baldwin is that he is a strong believer that the Seahawks are still a run-first team, speaking of which, here’s what Seattle’s starting running back Marshawn Lynch tweeted a short while ago (Guess he found out about the Harvin trade on twitter as well):
Damn they got my n***…. — Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) October 17, 2014
If this means that Seattle will get back to it’s roots of running the ball, that’s great but what about the price they originally paid for Percy?? They gave up a first and third round pick for just ten games worth of production as shared by Damond Talbot. Ten games, 27 catches, two touchdowns and 322 yards from scrimmage. They will be receiving just a mid-round pick per multiple reports.
It’s often said that when something is very very very bad, that the situation can only go up. Those words never rang truer for the Jets passing game, they are currently dead last in the league with just 185.4 yards per game. New York has a respectable run game, so any help in the passing game would certainly help. Harvin will be joining an offense in desperate need of a jolt. Just the threat of a dynamic player like Harvin could open things up for Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, it would also go a long way into the development of young Geno Smith.
The initial negative that comes to mind for the Jets is the contract, Percy has four years and 40 million dollars left on his contract. The cap hit for next season will be 10.5 million, for a player with an extensive injury history. Another negative could be whatever got Harvin eschewed out of Seattle, if it’s actually because of locker room issues, this deal will hurt on more levels than one.
As the times goes by and more information comes out, the reasons as to why the trade was made will come to light. These are just some initial things that came to mind, what do you think of the trade??? Share your thoughts below in the comment section!!