On Tuesday, the Boston Globe's Chris Gasper reported that New England has "always liked" Percy Harvin and that they traded out of the 23rd overall pick in 2009 when he was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings at #22.
This was after reports came out saying that Percy Harvin could be cut if he does not work out a restructure on his current deal with the New York Jets. As it stands, Harvin will be a $10.5 million cap hit this upcoming season, which is a pretty big number for a player like Harvin. Make no mistake about it, Harvin is a dynamic player that would give opposing defenses headaches if he joined the Pats. Josh McDaniels would have a field day with all the different schemes and sets he could put Harvin in. The 26-year-old is entering the prime of his career and would love to stick it to the Jets by joining their hated AFC East rival.
However, New England will likely have cap issues as the team stands right now. Although the Patriots and Revis are attempting to strike a new deal, it would not surprise me if the Patriots brought Revis back on his $20 million option if a deal cannot be made. With that $25 million cap hit, it would take a miracle for them to re-sign important players such as Vereen, McCourty, Gostkowski, etc. I'm not saying that it is impossible, as many veterans such as Mayo, Wilfork and Amendola are expected to be extended, thus lowering their salary cap hit, but unlikely that they would bring in another big contract in Harvin.
Moreover, Harvin just does not fit the Patriots mold. In recent years, the "Patriot Way" has been poked fun of by the national media, however, after a Super Bowl win, it is kind of hard to doubt what they are doing over there in Foxboro. Harvins's "me first" attitude would have to change entering a locker room with one of the most team-friendly players the NFL has ever seen in Tom Brady. As it stands, Harvin would probably slide into Amendola's role and he would be cut. If Amendola plays next year like he did at the end of the year, I don't have a problem with him staying on the team and taking a pass on Harvin
For Harvin, many things would have to happen in order for him to end up in New England. I think they are probably set with their receiving corps, but I'm not Bill Belichik. Anything could happen.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS