Former Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin gave Golden Tate a black eye prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, reports The Seattle Times. Seattle traded Harvin to the New York Jets on Friday for a conditional draft pick.
The trade reportedly stems from Harvin's on-field production and off-field attitude. In addition to the alleged fight with Tate, there was a altercation with receiver Doug Baldwin in August that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin:
“He’s just a time bomb,” one NFL source said, describing him as “too moody” and noting that Minnesota had also grown tired of dealing with Harvin, which precipitated his trade to Seattle in March 2013. Also a factor in the trade is that moving Harvin and his hefty contract will clear up significant salary-cap space, with one source saying it will help the team keep quarterback Russell Wilson and linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. All are players the team could re-sign or extend after the 2014 season.
Harvin came to Seattle in 2013 from the Vikings in exchange first- and seventh-round picks in 2013 and a third-rounder in 2014. He was later signed to a six-year deal worth $67 million, but spent most of last season on the sidelines due to a hip injury. He played all five games this season and made a team-high 22 catches for 133 yards.
Harvin now goes to the depleted Jets, who are currently 1-6, with a passing offense that ranks last in the league.
-- Alex Suskind