SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Seattle Seahawks traded a first and seventh-round pick to the Vikings in 2013 for Percy Harvin and quickly signed the play-making wideout to a six-year, $67 million contract with a $25.5 million guarantee.
But on Friday, they shipped Harvin to where he helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl last February. He is now a New York Jet.
In return, the Seahawks receive a conditional draft pick from New York that will range from the second to fourth round in the 2015 draft, according to multiple reports.
After undergoing hip surgery last season, Harvin appeared in just one regular season game before returning for the playoffs. He played in the team's Divisional Round win over the Saints, but missed the NFC title game against the 49ers. He returned to play in the Super Bowl, rushing twice for 45 yards and returning the second-half kickoff for a touchdown.
Harvin was initially brought to Seattle to bring a speed element on the outside the team had been lacking. This year, Harvin has averaged a career-low 6.0 yards per reception. That's due, in part, to the team's regular use of bubble screens. Harvin has just one reception beyond 10 yards downfield, according to Pro Football Focus.
With quarterback Russell Wilson due for a massive contract extension in the coming offseason, the move makes financial sense for the Seahawks. But they knew that contract was in the pipeline when they acquired Harvin in 2013.
Harvin has a checkered past in the NFL dating back to his time with the Vikings, that could have ultimately led to his trade to the Seahawks.
The bottom line for the 49ers: they did not face Harvin once since being acquired by Seattle. He was dealing with injuries during both regular season matchups last year - which the teams split - and did not play in the conference title game.
San Francisco hasn't played Seattle yet this season. Those two games come Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving night) at Levi's Stadium and Dec. 14 on the road.
The Seahawks offense struggled to incorporate Harvin, who they used mostly in gadget plays and not down field. His hip surgery last year had a big role in that, and the Seahawks felt it was time to end the experiment before it caused more head ache.
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