So this is pretty out of nowhere. The New York Jets, fresh off of their sixth loss of the season last night, have apparently decided to shake things up. According to FOX MMA enthusiast Jay Glazer, the Jets have traded a conditional draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for WR Percy Harvin.
Seattle acquired Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings prior to last season, but he only appeared in a total of six regular season games because of injuries. In five games this year, Harvin has 22 catches for just 133 yards, as well as 11 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets’ offense showed signs last night against New England, but it’s clear that they’re in dire need of some playmaking ability. While Harvin has struggled a bit this season, there’s no questioning his big-play ability. The Jets rank dead-last in the league in passing.
Harvin’s fantasy stock was down in the first place, but there’s a chance moving to a team for which he’ll likely be utilized more could revive him a bit. Then again, it’s still the Jets.
Harvin is one of the league’s highest-paid wideouts, and one would imagine Seattle’s impetus for this move is to clear salary cap space for the inevitable Russell Wilson contract extension coming next spring.