In a stunning move last Friday, the Seattle Seahawks dealt Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick.
“I am as stunned by the move as I was when they first got Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings,” Seattle 1090 AM The Fan afternoon co-host Bill Swartz said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I can’t believe they got him, and now I can’t believe he’s gone.”
Harvin missed almost all of last season with a hip injury before helping the Seahawks win the Super Bowl. This year, he had 22 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown in five games. He also had 11 rushes for 92 yards and a score.
“I don’t think they got their money’s worth out of Percy Harvin,” Swartz said. “They gave up a lot there. But the upper management of John Schneider and Pete Carroll finally figured out it’s just not working, so why continue to force it when it’s to the detriment of the rest of the team? I think there’s some credibility with the management for being aggressive and going out and trying to upgrade the receiving core and getting a guy who’s so dynamic like Percy Harvin, but they really had to force the style of football that they don’t want to play to get Percy Harvin on the field.”
In other words, the Seahawks ran a lot of jet sweeps and bubble screens to get Harvin the ball, whereas they prefer to run up the gut with Marshawn Lynch and throw play-action passes downfield.
“Percy Harvin, for some reason, doesn’t fit into that equation,” Swartz said. “They had to move on.”
The Jets (1-6) are on the hook for $7 million for the rest of the season. The deal runs through 2018, but the Jets will have the ability to cut ties long before then if they so choose.
Seattle (3-3) didn’t fare well in its first game with Harvin, falling behind St. Louis 21-3 and ultimately losing 28-26.
Still, trading Harvin frees up cap room for Seattle to sign some of its top young stars, mainly Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner.
“A lot of these guys are (due to get paid),” Swartz said. “While you’re not paying Percy Harvin, now you’re freeing up money to go do other things.”
Harvin was also apparently an issue in the locker room, as former Seahawk Michael Robinson confirmed that Harvin got into a physical altercation with Golden Tate the night before the Super Bowl.
“We never saw that on the periphery from Percy Harvin,” Swartz said of Harvin’s soap-opera potential. “But people I’ve talked with who have been in the inner sanctum there in the locker room – obviously when you don’t win, your words begin to show a little bit. Last year, you have to remember, they really didn’t have a lot of Percy Harvin. They basically won the Super Bowl without him. So now you’re tying to infuse Percy Harvin, and I think egos are not always checked at the door.
“It’s telling. If Percy Harvin can’t get along in this system and play for Pete Carroll, then who can he play for?”