Jets come up on one of the better wide receivers in the league, but why did he leave SEA?

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Friday, the NFL announced Percy Harvin‘s trade from the Seahawks to the New York Jets, which was a surprise, even to fellow Seahawks teammates.

Harvin was the 22nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, and after a stellar college career, in which he, alongside Tim Tebow, helped lead the Florida Gators to two national championships, most NFL scouts believe his ceiling to be pretty high. Harvin proved them right during his rookie season with the Vikings, and in a 1st-year campaign that resulted in Harvin being awarded Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, the Gator alumnus caught 60 passes for 790 yards and 6 touchdowns, in addition to becoming one of the most dangerous special teams players in the NFL, scoring two return touchdowns and amassing over 1,100 total return yards.


Since then, Harvin has been on a downswing, and while most consider him to be a immense talent on both offense and special teams, he has yet to return to his 2009 form due to chronic injury, and this latest chapter in his story is perhaps the most interesting. According to a CBS Sports report, Harvin refused to enter three different games this season, most notably, last week’s loss against the Dallas Cowboys. Furthermore, locker room turmoil may have added to Harvin’s departure, with multiple reports sighting Harvin had physical or nearly-physical altercations with prominent Seahawks: Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate. Harvin’s altercation with Tate reportedly resulted in a black eye for Tate.