First reported by Jay Glazer, the New York Jets have traded for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and returner Percy Harvin. Read on for further information on the deal and some initial thoughts, which we will get much more into over the weekend, including wrap up thoughts from Thursday and how he fits into the current roster.
The Jets are giving up a conditional mid-round pick, between round 4-6 depending on his roster status in 2015. More importantly, they are not responsible for any of Harvin’s signing bonus and there is no guaranteed money after this season on his deal for the Jets to be stuck with. They can evaluate him over the next 9 games and then go from there. Once more and most importantly:
The guaranteed portion of Harvin’s deal is complete this year, final $11M in guar base salary. Set to make $10.5M in ’15. Signed thru ’18…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 17, 2014
The guaranteed portion of Harvin’s deal is complete this year, final $11M in guar base salary. Set to make $10.5M in ’15. Signed thru ’18…— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 17, 2014
Considering the compensation, evaluation period the Jets will be given before a long term commitment, and the need to see Geno Smith with a more complete offense, it is really, really hard to be critical of this move. Harvin is an absolute game breaker, as a receiver, runner and returner. The “weapons” argument is dead. Eric Decker, Percy Harvin, Jace Amaro, Chris Ivory and Jeremy Kerley is a very legitimate collection of skill position talent. If Harvin thrives, the Jets will be a much better team for the rest of 2014, got a jump on their offseason and will have three immensely young, talented pass catching options to grow together (Decker, Amaro, Harvin). They could decide to let Jeremy Kerley walk then and they will receive a compensatory selection, to help negate the pick given up for Harvin.
If this doesn’t work out, the Jets won’t be on the hook beyond this season but Harvin would really need to mess up for that to be the case. Expect the full smear job out of Seattle that usually accompanies a trade or release but there were plenty of sympathetic tweets coming out of their locker room today complaining of losing him. The guy is a game changer when out there. Nothing is a slam dunk but if Harvin plays well, the Jets can bring him back, resign Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison AND still have room to improve the rest of their roster.
Again, there is such limited risk here for such a talented player, who is only 26 years old and fills so many needs for you offensively and on special teams, it is hard not to be excited about the potential. People will say why wasn’t this done sooner? But who knows when Seattle began shopping him and who says this move is only for 2014?Sound off below (you have already started) and stay tuned for more on this throughout the weekend!