The Seattle Seahawks (3-2) traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets (1-6) on Friday. It is a surprising move that reportedly happened because of locker room issues between Harvin and several teammates. This move will free up significant cap space heading into the 2015 off-season.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport confirmed that the Seahawks have agreed to trade Harvin to the Jets in exchange for a mid-round draft pick in 2015. The trade was initially reported by Jay Glazer.
This is a move that comes caught many pundits and football fans off guard as there had been no previous reports of Seattle’s interest in trading Harvin. But then reports quickly started to surface that Harvin was causing problems inside the locker room.
“Radio host Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 in Houston shared a ton of inside information about some of Harvin’s problems in Seattle, which includes fights the receiver got into with teammates.
According to Zierlein, Harvin gave Golden Tate a black eye during Super Bowl week last season and nearly fought with Russell Wilson this season. The photo at the top is of Tate during Super Bowl week and you can see the discoloration around his left eye.” -Larry Brown Sports
Zierlein goes on to state that Harvin and starting quarter back Russell Wilson have nearly fought several times since he arrived in Seattle prior to the 2013 season.
If these allegations from the Houston area radio host are true, the decision to trade Harvin was the correct call. The Seahawks do not need anyone — especially a player on a six-year (five years left), $67 million contract — to be agitating the Wilson, especially since he is probably going to receive his own massive contract extension this upcoming off-season.
With the majority (if not all) Harvin’s massive contract coming off of the books, the Seahawks are also going to have a lot more cash on hand during the 2015 off-season. The franchise is going to be able to not only extend Wilson, but work on filling some of the other holes on the roster.
While losing Harvin’s talent and experience suck, it’s not like the Seahawks offense had been functioning on all cylinders lately. The offense has struggled to find an on field identity throughout its first five games of the season, and struggled to integrate the speedy wideout into its schemes. But there was hope the offense would figure out its issues, now that’ll have to happen without Harvin.