Full details of the transaction were not immediately available. ESPN is reporting that the Seahawks will receive a fourth round pick that may escalate as high as a second round selection. It is not yet known whether the selection is from the 2015 or a future draft.
The Jets are expected to pick up the remainder of Harvin’s $10.5 million contract for this season, the third of a potential six-year deal worth as much as $67.5 million.
While Harvin was dynamic in a few plays during the Seahawks’ divisional playoff victory last season over the New Orleans Saints and arguably the MVP in the Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos, he’d been a relative disappointment through five games this season.
Though Harvin led the team with 22 receptions, he’d averaged just over six yards on those grabs (133 yards). He’d also rushed for 11 times for 55 yards and one a touchdown. Replays later showed that Harvin’s score, a 51-yard jaunt against San Diego in Week Two, shouldn’t have counted as he’s clearly stepped out of bounds. Harvin also had a key fumble in the loss to the Chargers. Harvin was held to -1 yard in six touches in last week’s home loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
While Friday’s news was a shocker, there had been rumblings that Harvin’s struggles with durability and fitting into the offense was wearing thin. Head coach Pete Carroll noted following the Dallas loss that the club was “randomly” substituting at receiver – which struck long-time followers as odd given Harvin’s contract and talent. Harvin rarely caught passes as a “traditional” receiver. Virtually all of his production came via quick screens and Jet Sweeps.
After trading first, third and seventh round picks for Harvin prior to the 2013 draft, jettisoning him for a potential mid-round selection seems odd. General manager John Schneider and Pete Carroll have shown a rare willingness to not only swing for the fences but also move on when additions don’t pan out as hoped. Friday’s trade appears to be the latest example of this philosophy.
While the Seahawks will undoubtedly miss Harvin’s big play potential, it opens up the door for the club’s more reliable pass-catchers, like Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin to step up. Rookies Paul Richardson – now the team’s most dynamic athlete at receiver – and Kevin Norwood may also be in the mix for additional playing time.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the 2015 NFL draft potentially looks like another strong one at the receiver position. Some, in fact, are already projecting that the Seahawks might be looking for a more traditional pass-catcher as early as the first round.
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