The Seahawks are due to receive a fourth-round pick from the Jets in exchange for Percy Harvin, but that pick will turn into a sixth-rounder if New York and their new front office decide that Harvin is not worth his $10.5 million price-tag.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, that might just be the most likely scenario.
Money matters: The big decision involves Harvin, who has four years, $41.5 million remaining on the contract inherited from the Seattle Seahawks -- none of it guaranteed. The Jets must make the call by March 19. If he's still on the roster, they owe the Seahawks a fourth-round pick, completing the trade from last October. If they cut him before the 19th, it's a sixth-rounder. His entire cap charge comes off the books if they cut bait. Clearly, Harvin isn't a $10 million a year receiver, but he has talent. Are the Jets willing to overpay out of desperation? Not likely.
Harvin has four years, $41.5 million remaining on his deal, but a release would mean zero dead money for the Jets if he's released.
So, the obvious question: Is Harvin worth it? John Idzik, who set up the deal to bring the explosive playmaker to New York, is now gone. The Jets' new GM, Mike Maccagnan, is a long-time personnel guy so I'm guessing a fourth-round pick is pretty valuable to him while they try to get New York back on track. Regardless, it's something to keep an eye on over the next month.