Report: New York Jets to release Percy Harvin, could he be headed to New England?
Yesterday we talked about the potential of Brandon Marshall heading to New England.
That didn't happen. He ended up a Jet.
However, the ripple effects from that move may allow the Pats to still bolster their offensive arsenal. The Jets are now expected to release wide receiver Percy Harvin.
With Friday's news of the Jets' agreement to trade for Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall just hours old, New York is expected to release receiver Percy Harvin, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed of the Jets' plans.
Harvin is a gamble and certainly a project. His best years came early in his career. Drafted in 2009, Harvin seemed destined for stardom, however, he constantly struggled with injuries - including migraines. In 2012, he only played nine games for the Vikings, who then traded him to the Seahawks. He's only played in 14 games since.
However, he's still shown flashes and is an incredibley versatile receiver, often lining up in the back field as a runningback. His skillset screams Patriots. Its no wonder that Bill Belichick apparently wanted to draft him in 2009 before the Vikings swooped in.
Aside from the injuries, he does come with his share of off-field issues - as is the case with virtually anyone readily available with his talent. This past season, he was surprisingly traded from the Seahawks to the Jets due to issues in the lockerroom. He apparently got into fights with QB Russell Wilson.
Harvin is now on his last ropes. This may be his last chance to prove that he can not only still be effective in the NFL, but that he can be a team player. What better way to do that than on a one-year "prove it" deal with the Super Bowl Champions?
Of all the swirling rumors regarding the Patriots and big name wide recievers, this one seems the most realistic. The Patriots' interest was already reported a few weeks ago.
Free agency just got a lot more interesting.