It wouldn’t be an NFL offseason without a reported link between the New England Patriots and Percy Harvin.
The New York Jets wide receiver is owed $10.5 million next season and is unlikely to be back unless he agrees to a restructured contract. The Jets can cut Harvin without penalty.
The Seattle Seahawks traded Harvin to the Jets in October for a conditional draft pick, which will escalate to a fourth-rounder if he’s still on New York’s roster by March 19. If Harvin is cut prior to that date, then the Jets will owe the Seahawks a sixth-round pick.
The Seahawks didn’t contact the Patriots before trading Harvin to the Jets. The receiver said the Patriots attempted to trade for him during the 2013 offseason before the Minnesota Vikings dealt him to the Seahawks.
Harvin is a dangerous weapon, but he had a quiet 2014 season with just 51 receptions for 483 yards and one touchdown. He also added 33 rushing attempts for 202 yards and 32 kick returns for 778 yards. He played in only one game during the 2013 regular season, catching one pass for 17 yards and returning one kick for 58 yards.
New England could be the perfect place for the 26-year-old receiver to sign to a one-year prove-it deal. The Patriots could be looking for a No. 3 receiver if Danny Amendola can’t agree to a restructured contract. Amendola is on the books for a $5.7 million salary-cap hit next season.
Harvin could fill a similar role to the one that running back Shane Vereen held the past two seasons as a threat out of the backfield or split out at receiver. Vereen is a free agent this offseason and is expected to test the open market.
Harvin has 332 career catches with 3,802 yards and 21 touchdowns in six NFL seasons. He has 140 rushing attempts for 885 yards and five scores on the ground. Harvin also could return kicks for the Patriots.
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