Seahawks have no regrets about sending Percy Harving to Jets

By on January 28, 2015

PHOENIX – It’s safe to say the Seahawks don’t exactly miss Percy Harvin.

More than three months after Seattle jettisoned the explosive and versatile receiver/runner/returner to the Jets for a conditional draft pick, Pete Carroll’s team is on the doorstep of a second consecutive Super Bowl title.

“Percy is a unique player, so you have to use him in a unique fashion,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said during Media Day on Tuesday. “So, we kind of just got back to playing more basic: Run the ball and hammer it out, read- option. Getting back to a little bit more up field instead of horizontal.”

Harvin’s unhappiness with how he was being used in the offense sparked the deal between Schneider and former co-worker John Idzik, who described the acquisition as a “potential coup” for the 1-6 Jets. The Seahawks were 3-2 with Harvin and 11-2 without him.

The Jets went 3-6 after the deal.

Idzik has been since fired. Harvin’s future with the Jets remains in doubt although it’s unlikely that new GM Mike Maccagnan would be willing to absorb the player’s $ 10.5 million base salary in 2015. The Jets would have to give up a fourth-round draft pick if Harvin, who had 29 receptions for 350 yards and 110 rushing yards to go along with some big plays as a returner in eight games with the Jets, is on the 2015 roster. The Seahawks would receive a sixth rounder if the Jets cut Harvin.

Harvin’s sometimes rocky relationship with a few teammates came to light in the wake of the trade, but Schneider admitted it wasn’t easy to part ways with such an explosive talent.

“It was difficult, but we had talked to ownership about it,” Schneider said. “When you have support of the ownership, it makes it that much easier. So, he knew there were several reasons why it may not work out. As long as we’re communicating with ownership in that regard and explaining why it didn’t work out, it’s much easier to do than waking up in the morning and saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this.'”

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