The New York Jets confirmed Saturday that they have acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks. The deal was first reported Friday night by numerous media outlets, including Fox Sports. The Seahawks will reportedly receive a conditional draft pick in exchange for Harvin.
It’s the second trade involving Harvin in less than two years. Harvin was traded by the Minnesota Vikings in March 2013 for three draft picks, including a 2013 first-rounder. The Seahawks subsequently signed him to a six-year, $67 million contract, which included $25.5 million guaranteed.
Harvin played in one game last season after having hip surgery and suffering a concussion. But he returned for the playoffs and made a bang in the Super Bowl, returning a kickoff for a touchdown. Harvin played fewer than 60 percent of the Seahawks’ offensive snaps this season, compiling 22 catches on 26 targets for 133 yards in five games.
The Seattle Times reports Harvin was involved in an altercation with teammate Golden Tate the week before the Super Bowl last winter and had another altercation with teammate Doug Baldwin the week before their final preseason game in August. During Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Harvin “balked at going back into the game in the fourth quarter,” according to the Times.
The Jets released wide receiver David Nelson to make room for Harvin on the roster.