Percy Harvin has bounced around the NFL in the last three years but has a ‘good chance’ to find a new home with the New England Patriots.
The New York Jets made official what was expected for some time on Tuesday with the release of wide receiver Percy Harvin who started eight games after coming over in a midseason trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
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Harvin, 26, has played for three teams in the last three years and with him now on the free agent market, Harvin will play for his fourth team in as many years. That fourth team could be the New England Patriots, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport who reports they are the team to watch and there is a ‘good chance’ Harvin signs there.
I would expect Harvin signing a one-year deal to rehab his value and hit the market again next year at 27-years-old and try to cash in on a longer deal with more guaranteed money.
This would be a classic Bill Belichick signing to sign a player with his value low and plug him into their system and have him on the receiving end of passes from Tom Brady and get great value for the price they’ll have to pay him.
After the Patriots lost running back Shane Vereen in free agency, Harvin can do a lot of the same things that made Vereen such a valuable player out of the backfield for the Patriots. Granted, Harvin is a wide receiver, but he could be a monster in the short and intermediate passing game for New England and help as a kick returner on special teams.
If he can stay healthy and motivated — a big if — there’s little reason to think Harvin couldn’t thrive in New England and hit the market this time next year and be one of the more attractive players.
Harvin caught 51 passes for 483 yards with one touchdown and added 202 rushing yards on 33 carries for a 6.1 yards per carry average and another score in 13 games. He also ran back 32 kicks for 778 yards.
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