When the New York Jets approved a deal that will send Brandon Marshall their way, the handwriting became immediately evident – Harvin is gone from yet another team.
Things have taken a significant downward turn for Harvin since 2012. After getting into an altercation with then-head coach Leslie Frazier, Harvin was placed on injured reserve despite having an injury with a typical healing time that would have had him ready for the playoffs. It became obvious that, despite his talent, his red flags were taking over and winning out.
Prior to the 2013 draft, the Vikings had seen enough and traded Harvin to Seattle. He signed a huge deal with the Seahawks and was brought in to be the go-to receiver in the offense. However, he suffered a hip injury in the summer of 2013 that wiped out almost his entire season.
Complicating matters was that Harvin got in a fight with teammate Golden Tate, who, when he got the opportunity, left Seattle via free agency. In 2014, Harvin came back, but the troubles continued. He reportedly got into another fight, this time with fellow wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. Like the Vikings the previous year, Seattle had seen enough and traded Harvin to the New York Jets.
The move didn’t seem to make a lot of sense, since the Jets had a struggling pass game and Harvin didn’t seem like a glove fit. As it turns out, he wasn’t.
When the Jets announced that they had completed the trade for Marshall, the future for Harvin became clear. If he was on the roster two weeks from now, his $10.5 million salary would be guaranteed and the Jets would owe Seattle a fourth-round draft pick. By cutting him, the Jets owe Harvin nothing and Seattle gets a sixth-round pick in return.
The saga of Harvin has taken a downward turn over the last two years. Three teams have given up on him – the Vikings, Seahawks and Jets. He is still only 26 and may well have his best football ahead of him, but, to date, Harvin’s red flags have found a way to outweigh his rare potential.
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