We heard some rumblings yesterday that the Seahawks’ trade of Percy Harvin may have been a result of the wideout’s conduct. There were reports that he punched former teammate Golden Tate during last year’s playoffs, and Seattle Times’ reporters Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks elaborate on some of the receiver’s recent altercations, including a fight with Doug Baldwin prior to the Seahawks preseason finale against the Raiders.
Condotta and Jenks write that the final straw was during last weekend’s loss to the Cowboys. Harvin refused to go into the game during the fourth quarter, and he ultimately missed 11 of the team’s final 17 snaps.
Some additional notes and opinions have come out about the trade, and we have them all below…
- NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets that Harvin is set to have his physical this afternoon after having flown to New York early this morning. He notes that the deal could be announced today. In a following tweet, Rapoport says the wideout is “pumped” about the move.
- Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com writes that the Vikings “look wise” for getting rid of Harvin when they did. The team received three draft picks in return, two of which turned into contributors Xavier Rhodes and Jerick McKinnon.
- At least one member of the Seahawks wasn’t surprised to see Harvin shipped out of town. “Percy was daring the Seahawks to dump him with his actions,” the player told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman (quotes via Twitter). “Some players loved Percy. Some players hated him. He was a divisive guy. That’s the problem…I expected it.”
- Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole opines (via Twitter) that Harvin’s career could quickly be coming to an end.
- Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com focuses on the financial side of the trade, and he calculates that the Seahawks paid Harvin a bit over $19MM for eight games played.
- While the Jets were happy with the deal, some in the organization are skeptical about the Seahawks’ intent. “I smell a rat,” a source told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.