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October 18, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Seahawks Saturday morning links and notes: Percy Harvin redux

The aftershocks of the Percy Harvin trade figure to last a while.

And as noted in our story last night, there are still some steps remaining. Harvin has to pass his physical, and paperwork has to be submitted and announcements made. But the expectation is that the Jets will announce the trade this morning and then the Seahawks will release a statement.  And then, assuming all is done by 1 p.m. Seattle time,  the Seahawks can fill the open roster spot (and that’s expected to be bumping someone up from the practice squad, maybe RaShaun Allen to help out at tight end).

The Jets took a step in  finalizing things this morning by releasing receiver David Nelson to clear the way for Harvin.

The Harvin trade will continue to raise lots of questions. I know our story raised some, as well.  One thing I can say is that to the answer of why some of these things happened, one common response was that no one really knew for sure. And that — Harvin’s unpredictability — became a big part of the problem. People simply didn’t know sometimes why he did what he did.

One person referred to Harvin’s “mood swings. You don’t know where they’re coming from.”

That the Seahawks were struggling to figure how best to assimilate Harvin into the offense didn’t help. But most of what happened Friday is rooted in the off-field stuff. Are the Seahawks admitting a mistake? In a sense, though they’ll point out they got a Super Bowl ring out of it, as well (not just the kickoff return, but the early fly sweep that got the Denver defense off-balance, as well). But the team figured to have a decision to make on Harvin at the end of this season — there was no guaranteed money left in his deal after this year. Instead, they found a trading partner and made the call now.

As for the draft pick Seattle will get, it comes with conditions that have not yet specifically surfaced.

So yes, some questions remain. Some probably always will.

For now, here are a few links (with a reminder that we’ll do our best to update this space throughout the day with any new developments while also finding our way to St. Louis):

Larry Stone writes that Harvin was the first great flop of the John Schneider-Pete Carroll era.

Jayson Jenks writes about what the Harvin trade will mean for the Seattle offense.

— One thing it should mean is a chance for 2014 draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.

— Here’s a good read from the New York Daily News on how it went down from their end.

Pete Prisco says the Seahawks learned what the Vikings had as well — Harvin can’t spread the field.

— ESPN writes that Harvin had become mroe trouble than he was worth.

— USA Today asks if Harvin can fit in anywhere if he couldn’t fit it  with the Seahawks.

— on why the Seahawks traded Harvin.

Chris Cluff wonders if the Seahawks are now done overpaying for receivers.

— with some non-Harvin news and notes.

— Seattle does have a game Sunday against the Rams. Here are lots of Rams news and notes from ESPN.


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