Last week, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk cited a source who said wide receiver Percy Harvin would “definitely” continue his playing career in 2016. Now, it seems that’s no longer a lock. Peter Schrager of FOX Sports (Twitter link) hears from sources that it’s “unlikely” Harvin will be playing football next season, despite receiving inquiries from multiple teams in recent weeks.
It’s possible that Harvin’s apparent change of heart stems from a lack of viable offers or opportunities, but when Florio posited that theory to his source, the source explained that Harvin simply has a “habit of waffling and wavering and flat-out changing his mind, over and over again.” As such, it remains to be seen whether the former Vikings, Seahawks, Jets, and Bills receiver will sign a new contract in the coming weeks or months.
Harvin joined the Bills on a one-year, $6MM deal last March, but was unable to stay healthy during the 2015 season. Battling through a persistent hip injury, the 27-year-old (28 in May) appeared in just five games, recording 19 catches for 218 yards and a touchdown. Harvin, who has also been plagued by knee issues in the past, returned five kicks as well.
While Harvin will probably never regain the explosiveness he showed during the early years of his NFL career in Minnesota, there are teams that still believe he has something left in the tank, writes Florio. Another $6MM salary is unlikely, but if Harvin does ultimately decide to sign a contract, there should be clubs willing to gamble on his upside on an incentive-laden, one-year deal.
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