The Seattle Seahawks would have released wide receiver Percy Harvin if they were not able to find a team willing to trade for him by the NFL's Oct. 28 deadline.
The Seahawks traded Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick on Friday.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Harvin had been on the trade market for weeks and that Seattle general manager John Schneider inquired with Cleveland about tight end Jordan Cameron and proposed a Harvin-Julius Thomas trade to the Broncos.
The Seahawks desire to part ways with Harvin reportedly stemmed from Harvin's on-field production and off-field attitude. In March 2013, Seattle signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million extension with $25.5 million guaranteed, something that Mortensen reports team sources now say was a "bad decision."
Since the trade, it's been reported that Harvin gave Golden Tate a black eye prior to Super Bowl XLVIII. Harvin was reportedly also involved in an altercation with receiver Doug Baldwin in August that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin.
According to Mortensen, quarterback Russell Wilson was not one of the players pushing for Harvin's departure, and instead was helping the receiver with anger management and trust issues.
Seattle is 3-2 this season heading into Sunday's Week 7 matchup versus the St. Louis Rams.
- Molly Geary