Report: Percy Harvin Traded Due To Physical Altercations With Teammates

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 | 0

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The Seattle Seahawks pulled off a shocking roster move last night (Fri., October 17, 2014) when they traded high-priced wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick.

The pick, which was initially described as a mid-round selection, has since been clarified as a sixth round choice that could improve to a fourth based on Harvin’s production in New York.

But beyond those surface details, many were left scratching their heads as to why the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks would trade arguably one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

Harvin was due a lofty $41.5 million over the next four years, and the Seahawks most likely didn’t want to continue paying that price. However, they’ll reportedly take a cap hit of $8 million next year, suggesting that something else was going on behind close doors.

Today (Sat., October 18, 2014) news has come that there indeed was, as the Seattle Times has reported that Harvin was becoming an extreme distraction in the locker room due to anger issues. Apparently Harvin had gotten into a physical altercation with former Seahawk Golden Tate prior to last year’s Super Bowl that resulted in a black eye for Tate:

“One source confirmed a report that Harvin had gotten into an altercation with former Seahawk Golden Tate before the Super Bowl that resulted in Tate getting a black eye.”

The allegations didn’t stop there, as Harvin was also accused of fighting wide receiver Doug Baldwin in the preseason, leading to Harvin being left out of a contest in Oakland:

“A source also said Harvin had an altercation with Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin in the week leading up to the final exhibition game this August at Oakland that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin and each player being excused from practices that week. Harvin, who did not practice for two days before that game, did not make the trip to Oakland for what the team said at the time was “a personal matter.”

Despite the altercations, Harvin was allowed to continue playing for the team, underwhelming by failing to record over 50 yards receiving in any one game this year. The Seahawks lost a close game to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, and Harvin was allegedly angered at his usage in the game, refusing to go back on the field in the fourth quarter:

“One final straw, a league source said, came in Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas when Harvin apparently balked at going back into the game in the fourth quarter. Harvin played 26 of 48 official snaps but did not play 11 of the final 17. He finished with six touches for minus-1 yard.”

Quite a strange set of circumstances for Harvin, who was deemed a “time bomb” by a league source. He’ll now venture into the volatile Jets locker room, where the players will be mired in a bleary 1-6 start to the season. That’s quite a stark contrast to Seattle’s success, so it’ll be interesting to see if Harvin can keep his cool.

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