The New York Jets are on a ten day break after a gut-wrenching loss to the Patriots on Thursday night football.
GM-John Idzik used that time wisely. The Jets acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks with plenty of time to get him into practice and on the field next Sunday.
The seven million dollar deal comes with a Jets 2015 draft pick, anywhere from 6th on down to a 4th. Harvin’s contract does not contain any further guaranteed money.
The Jets have a reported $14 million remaining in the coffers.
As to the question of timing, with allot of the media asking ‘why now’, with a Jets team record of 1-6, John Idzik stated that any time the Jets can add valuable pieces; they will.
Idzik stated that his prior experience with the Seahawks organization gave him added insight to a player who has been deemed trouble by his two former NFL teams.
The embattled GM was asked if this trade validated the media’s claims that he had not done enough for the Jets offense during the draft.
Idzik stated that he feels the team did pick up valuable pieces in spite of only five of his twelve picks remaining on the Team roster.
Team owner, Woody Johnson has previously stated that both the head coach and the General manager will be evaluated after the full complement of sixteen games.
For his part, Percy Harvin spoke to the New York media:
“My Jets teammates have embraced me with open arms, much more than I could even expect. I’m looking forward to making the most out of this opportunity”, “I’m excited to be a Jet”. -Jets, after practice locker room interview.
When asked about his reported fights with Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, Harvin said he has no issues with his former teammates.“I have no ill will with that team,” he said.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, Percy is great,” a friend of the wideout told the Daily News. “One percent of the time he can be a little rough.”
Harvin also denies anger management issues, a reported reason the Minnesota Vikings did, and Seattle Seahawks were, divesting themselves of the receiver.
“All I can say is for people to judge me off what you see,” Harvin said.
Harvin denied media accounts of his refusing to return to the field of play vs. The Dallas cowboys.
“Harvin pulled himself out last week against Dallas due to unhappiness about his lack of involvement (he had six touches for minus-1 yard), according to two sources, the final straw for the Super Bowl champions”-New York Daily news
The wide receiver admitted the way Seattle utilized him was the cause of his frustration. He was mainly used at or behind the LOS.
“It definitely was,” Harvin said, per NFL Media’s Albert Breer. “… I wanted to get downfield a little bit more.”
Both John Idzik and Percy Harvin said in interviews that the Jets aren’t worried about the past. When Harvin tried to explain some of the issues, “they told me to be quiet,” he said, per Newsday’s Kimberley Martin.
Jets General manager John Idzik had already done his due diligence into Harvin’s background.
“It’s about moving forward,” Rex Ryan Said of Harvin’s past.
What does Percy think of his New head coach? “I love him. Love him, love him”. “I’m very familiar with Rex, We had actually met before the draft but they had to go quarterback and take [Mark] Sanchez”.
Harvin’s view of the New York Jets is a positive one:
“I just think they got a lot of the pieces here,” Harvin said. “You’ve got Geno (Smith), with a great veteran behind him. You got (Eric) Decker. You got two great running backs. They’ve always had a great defense here. So that’s all exciting stuff to me. But all I remember is them being a very tough team. I know they have a few losses in their hands, but they was in every single game with a couple of plays here and there that could have easily switched the game. So I definitely think this team has all the pieces. So like I said, that’s what excited me, knowing they already had the pieces here and I could just fit right in, try to make my little plays, and hopefully I can be a little difference.”-NFL.com media report
As far as him making plays:
“I’m not sure yet,” Harvin said. “I’m sure it’ll be the receiving stuff. Maybe running back, maybe not. Definitely, I would hope, I’ll be out there on special teams. But I’m not really sure yet, but we’ll find out here in the next few days.”
More on the Harvin trade from coach Tony Dungy during an interview with Long Island’s Newsday:
“There’s probably not a better coach in the league for Percy Harvin to go play for than Rex Ryan,” Dungy, the former Colts and Bucs coach, said on Tuesday’s “Pro Football Talk” on NBCSN. “But I can tell you, the last two coaches he’s played for — Pete Carroll and Leslie Frazier — if you can’t play for those guys, there is a major problem.”
“When you see someone as talented as Percy Harvin, and you have two teams that let him go, you realize that there are some problems there,” Dungy said, calling the Seahawks’ move to trade Harvin “not a difficult decision.“
Former defensive end Jason Taylor, who played for Ryan’s Jets in 2010, said the move could work out for the Jets, if the locker room leadership is strong.
“The New York Jets locker room is an interesting place. It’s unlike any other locker room in the NFL, it’s a very unique situation,” Taylor said on the show. “Playing for Rex Ryan could be a great thing for Percy Harvin. He’s a very talented player. As long as you have leadership — and I don’t know about the leadership there [now], but as long as you have strong leadership and a strong head coach, you can make some of those personality differences work.”
Taylor said Harvin
“gives Geno Smith and that offense a weapon. It’ll change the coverages of teams that play against him.” -Long Island Newsday interview