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October 17, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets for a draft pick UPDATED

Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets

The Seahawks have traded receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick.

Here’s the deal

What the Seahawks get: A conditional draft pick in 2015.

What the Jets get: Wide receiver Percy Harvin.

By Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks

Seattle Times staff reporters

RENTON – In a move that shocked the NFL, the Seahawks on Friday traded receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick. ESPN is reporting it’s a fourth-round pick that could move up to a second.

One source has confirmed to The Seattle Times the deal, which was first reported by Fox Sports. The team has yet to officially confirm the trade, which will only go official once Harvin passes a physical.

One source told The Times that Harvin “just wasn’t a fit’’ and that it was as much about what was happening in the locker room as it was Harvin’s production on the field.

Several Seahawks referred to the trade in tweets, including defensive end Cliff Avril who wrote: “This business is crazy. … hate to see my boy Percy Harvin go.’’

The NFL Network reported that Seattle “was in the market for’’ trading Harvin “for several weeks.’’

The Seahawks acquired Harvin before the 2013 draft for first- and seventh-round picks in 2013 and a third-rounder in 2014 and then signed him to a six-year deal worth as much as $67.5 million.

That included $25.5 million guaranteed over the life of the contract with the Seahawks having paid roughly $18 million  already.

While Harvin arrived with much ballyhoo, there was little payoff other than a kickoff return for a touchdown in the 43-8 victory over Denver in the Super Bowl.

Harvin’s Seattle career got off to a belated start as he had hip surgery in late July that kept him out until November. Some around the team wondered if Harvin really needed to have the surgery and couldn’t instead have played through it. It was telling that the announcement of the surgery was made by Harvin on his Twitter account and not via the team, as is usually the case.

Harvin made his Seattle debut on Nov. 17 against Minnesota, making one catch for 17 yards and a kickoff return for 58 yards. But he re-injured the hip and did not play again until the post-season.

He played in a divisional playoff game against New Orleans, but a concussion held him out of the NFC title game against the 49ers. He returned to play in the Super Bowl and helped seal the 43-8 win over Denver with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the second half.

Harvin played all five games this season but the past two weeks had been listed as having a thigh injury. Coach Pete Carroll said after practice Friday that Harvin would be questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams in St. Louis.

Harvin had a team-high 22 catches for 133 yards this season but there had been questions about how he was used following Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas when he had six touches for minus-one yard and played 26 of a possible 48 snaps.

Harvin told reporters Thursday he was just “staying within the offense. When my number is called, I’m trying to do it to the best of my ability.’’

However, one sign that all may not have been well this season came when Harvin missed a pre-season game against Oakland for what the team said was personal reasons.

In the end, the Jets might have been a friendly trading partner for Seattle to unload a player they might have finally decided was going to be too much trouble, and money.

Harvin was due to make $10.5 million in 2015 in year three of a deal that went through the 2018 season.

OvertheCap.com assessed Seattle’s salary cap savings on the deal this way:

“Seattle will now save $6.47 million in salary cap space and salary this year by trading him, money that can be rolled over to the 2015 season and used for the (Russell) Wilson extension. Harvin will carry a $7.2 million dead money charge on the Seahawks 2015 salary cap, which represents another $5.7 million in freed up cap space, though it was likely they were releasing him next year anyway.”

John Idzik is in his second year as general manager of the Jets after being vice president of football administration for Seattle from 2007-12.

The Seahawks gave no hint of the trade as they left the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex on Friday after practice. Harvin practiced with the team Friday.

However, Carroll’s post-practice meeting with the team was delayed as he ran upstairs to team offices, then returned to meet the media. When asked about Harvin, he said only that he had practiced and would be listed as questionable.

“He practiced today,’’ Carroll said. “He got through today. So he’s on the list as questionable.’’

The team then boarded buses for a flight to St. Louis with the trade announced as the team was on the way to the airport.

The trade of Harvin will also clear the way for Seattle to get more playing time out of two receivers it took in the 2014 draft — second-rounder Paul Richardson and fourth-rounder Kevin Norwood.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @bcondotta.

Here are some Harvin-releated links from the Times:

Jerry Brewer’s column from when Harvin was acquired:

http://seattletimes.com/html/jerrybrewer/2020537270_brewer12.html

News story from the introductory press conference:

http://seattletimes.com/html/seahawks/2020543193_seahawks13.html

Blog post from when the trade became official:

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/seahawks/2013/03/12/seahawks-formally-announce-acquisition-of-percy-harvin/

 

 

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