Patriots reportedly among teams interested in Percy Harvin
It appears that Percy Harvin will be joining his fourth team in a handful of seasons in light of the rumors that he is unwilling to accept a reduced deal from the New York Jets. Could the New England Patriots be interested in bringing in the talented but enigmatic offensive weapon?
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports that Harvin is not interested in a restructured deal that would reduce his salary, meaning the Jets will face a difficult decision regarding what to do with the wide receiver the team just acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in October for a conditional draft pick.
Would be shocked if Percy Harvin agreed to any reduced deal w/NYJ. Expect NE among those interested. And I keep hearing Spiller to Jets
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 24, 2015
Harvin is owed $10.5 million for the 2015 season and around $10 million in each of the following three seasons, hardly contract terms amenable to the Jets given the receiver/kick returner’s inability to stay healthy throughout his career, meaning the Jets may have no other choice but to cut him loose.
Harvin’s propensity for wearing out his welcome on teams also may prove to be a source of concern for the Jets or any team interested in signing him, including the Patriots. But Bill Belichick’s ability to get the best out of so-called malcontents or reclamation projects — Randy Moss, for example — certainly makes New England a reasonable landing spot for Harvin.
Once the Seahawks decided to deal Harvin last season after acquiring him during the 2013 offseason by sending multiple draft picks to the Minnesota Vikings and later signing him to six-year, $67 million contract, the reports at the time indicated the Seahawks did not contact the Patriots as a possible trade partner.
What’s interesting, though, is that Harvin said in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII in January 2014 that the concept of a deal with the Patriots “flew around a little bit” before Minnesota dealt him to Seattle, meaning there may remain some semblance of mutual interest.
Harvin is about as dynamic and dangerous a talent as there is in the league when he’s on the field, whether it’s lining up in multiple spots on offense or returning kicks. The idea of the Patriots adding another weapon of Harvin’s caliber for Tom Brady to have at his disposal is a troubling prospect for the rest of the NFL.
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