The first big trade of the 2014 NFL season is the Seahawks trading wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick.
This isn’t the first time the Seahawks have been in the news recently. According to an earlier report from the Inquisitr, the San Diego Chargers claimed that the Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks can’t take the heat, even with help from the officials.
The 26-year-old has played in 43 games since being a first-round pick by Minnesota in 2009. The Seahawks picked him up in 2013, appearing in just one regular-season game because of hip surgery. He had two rushes for 45 yards and ran back the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-8 win in the Super Bowl.
This season, Harvin has 22 receptions for 133 yards, with 12 of those catches coming behind the line of scrimmage. He has only one catch on a ball thrown more than 10 yards. His best season was 2011, with 87 receptions for 967 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 345 yards and two scores, and averaged 32.5 yards per kickoff return.
“Although this was an extremely difficult decision, we are constantly evaluating our team and believe at this time, that this is in our best interest to move the team forward,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement regarding Harvin’s release. “We thank Percy for his efforts that contributed to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory and wish him well.”
Rumors say that the Seahawks traded Harvin because he was being destructive in the locker room. Two sources say that Harvin had physical confrontations with other players in the locker room. “He’s just a time bomb,” an NFL source told the Times.
“Percy is a versatile, dynamic player who has been productive on offense and special teams,” Jets general manager John Idzik said in a statement Saturday. “We’re excited about adding him to the Jets.”
Some are still surprised as to why the Seahawks would trade Harvin, saying that the locker room incident is not justification for a release. Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril expressed his disappointment over Twitter, tweeting:
This business is crazy… Hate to see my boy @Percy_Harvin go
— Cliff Avril (@cliffavril) October 17, 2014
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