Per terms of the trade the teams made in October, the Seahawks will get a fourth-round pick from the Jets if Harvin remains on New York’s roster through March 19.
INDIANAPOLIS – Where one of Seattle’s picks in the 2015 NFL draft ultimately will land remains in the hands of the New York Jets.
Per terms of the trade the teams made in October, the Seahawks will get a fourth-round pick from the Jets if receiver Percy Harvin remains on New York’s roster through March 19. If he is released before the end of the day on March 19, then the Jets will send a sixth-round pick to Seattle.
Mike Maccagnan, the new general manager of the Jets, confirmed that scenario Wednesday when meeting with media here at the NFL combine and said the team is not sure what it will do.
Harvin is owed $10.5 million in 2015 as part of a six-year deal he signed with Seattle after the Seahawks acquired him in a trade with Minnesota in March 2013.
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None of that, though, is guaranteed — all of the $14.5 million guaranteed to Harvin in the deal came in the first two seasons — and the Jets could create significant room under the salary cap by releasing Harvin.
Though New York’s decision has typically been framed as either keeping Harvin at that salary or cutting him, Maccagnan said the Jets also could restructure Harvin’s deal without impacting the terms of the trade. As long as Harvin remains on New York’s roster through March 19, on the current deal or a new one, then Seattle gets a fourth-round pick, he said. If not, it’s a sixth-rounder.
Maccagnan said the Jets will consider both Harvin’s salary as well as the benefit of giving Seattle a lesser pick in making its decision.
“You have to weigh all those things,’’ he said. “You have to weigh Percy as a player, which is he’s a very good player so that has a certain value. But then you have to look at what he is financially compensated for. That’s a simple reality of the salary cap. You have to look at different things you can do, whether you carry him at his current contract or restructure to a more cap-friendly one. …
“All of those things factor into it, but a lot of it, too, is how our new coaching staff views Percy and how they would utilize him.’’
Todd Bowles, the new Jets coach, said only that “we are still evaluating the process’’ and offered no real thought on keeping or releasing Harvin.
Harvin caught 29 passes in eight games with the Jets after being traded Oct. 17. He also returned 20 kickoffs for 495 yards and rushed 20 times for 110 yards.
Harvin had 22 receptions for 133 yards in five games with the Seahawks with 12 kickoff returns for 283 yards.
Locker heading to free agency
Former Washington and Ferndale High School quarterback Jake Locker will become a free agent March 10 after four injury-filled seasons with Tennessee.
Locker, who missed 19 of a potential 41 starts with the Titans due to injury, was demoted in October in favor of rookie Zach Mettenberger, appearing to seal his fate with Tennessee.
Appearing to make it even more clear he won’t be back: Tennessee general manager Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt both said Wednesday the team will consider taking quarterbacks Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the No. 2 overall pick, which the Titans have after finishing 2-14.
Webster didn’t rule out bringing back Locker but noted he also is continuing to recover from surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder.
“We’ll see,’’ Webster said when asked about Locker during his podium session. “He has a rehab situation with his shoulder, so we’ll see where that goes.’’