Seattle reportedly tried to deal Harvin for Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas
According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Schneider inquired with Cleveland about tight end Jordan Cameron. And ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Seahawks proposed a Harvin-for-Julius Thomas swap to the Broncos. It seems that neither conversation made it very far.
Nor should they have, really. Seattle gave away Harvin for next to nothing, as various reports pinpointed Harvin as a source of tension within the team's locker room. Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson confirmed one previously rumored tiff between Harvin and teammate Golden Tate (now a member of the Lions).
"Something did go on at the Super Bowl that a lot of fans don't know about," Robinson said on NFL GameDay Morning. "There was an altercation in the locker room between Percy Harvin and Golden Tate. ... There was an issue, I physically broke it up, I was there, you would have to ask those guys what they were arguing about, I'm not at liberty to talk about it."
Harvin returned a kick for a touchdown in the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory, though that was just his third game played of the 2013 season. This year, he had posted more than 500 combined receiving, rushing and special teams yards while suiting up in all five Seattle games.
The 26-year-old Harvin still has four years and more than $40 million left on his current contract -- none of it guaranteed after this year. (Seattle is on the hook for $7 million-plus in dead money despite trading him, because of remaining prorated bonuses.)
That Harvin is signed through 2018 could have led Schneider's argument when he dialed up Cleveland and Denver.
Thomas is set to be a free agent this offseason and will command a monstrous pay raise over the $645K he's making in 2014. His teammate, WR Demaryius Thomas, also is currently operating with an expiring contract, meaning the Broncos will have to commit substantial money to keep their two receiving threats around beyond this season.
Same goes for Cameron, who like Julius Thomas will cash in this offseason -- Jimmy Graham signed a four-year, $40 million deal this past summer and it's possible either Thomas or Cameron gets a contract of similar numbers.
Kicking the tires on a pair of upper-echelon tight ends more than hints that the Seahawks are dissatisfied with their depth chart at that position. Zach Miller leads Seattle's tight ends so far this season with six catches for 76 yards; Luke Wilson has six grabs for 40 yards and Cooper Helfet two for 43. None of those players has found the end zone yet.
Cameron, Thomas, Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham and Miami's Charles Clay are among the tight ends who could reach free agency following the 2014 season, however unlikely it is that their respective teams allow them to test the market. Gresham appears the most expendable of that group since the Bengals have up-and-coming talent Tyler Eifert on their roster.
The draft may offer Seattle a clearer opportunity to land an impact tight end. Florida State's Nick O'Leary, Notre Dame's Ben Koyack and possibly Rutgers junior Tyler Kroft are among the prospects who project as possible early starters once they reach the NFL level.
Those upgrades will have to wait. Both Cleveland and Denver rebuffed the Seahawks' attempts to sell high on Harvin, leading to the Jets' bargain pickup.