Report: Former Wide Receiver Percy Harvin Itching to Return to NFL

Jordan Cohn
April 22, 2020 - 4:31 am

In 2011, there were 13 players in the NFL with at least 1,300 total yards from scrimmage and at least nine touchdowns. Two of these players were Percy Harvin and Rob Gronkowski, the former of which played his last game in 2016, the latter in 2018.

In 2020, we could see both of them back on the football field.

Just a day after the shocking news that Gronk was coming back to the NFL to reunite with Tom Brady and play for the Buccaneers, former WR Harvin told ESPN's Josina Anderson that his "itch" to play in the NFL has come back.

Anderson added in later tweets that Harvin walked away from the game in 2016 after mounting injuries and other issues became too much for him to handle. He also noted that he's always wanted to play with Tom Brady, but that he's "ready for any offense that'll just let [him] go."

It's probably a good thing that he's willing to look at more than just Tampa Bay as a potential landing spot, seeing as they already boast perhaps the league's best wide receiver duo in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. However, seeing as they seem to be building a roster for a 2020-21 Super Bowl appearance, you certainly can't rule anything out.

You'd also have to wonder what the price tag on Harvin would be. When running back Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement, he was paid just under $3 million in 2017 and just over $4 million by the Raiders for his second stint. Harvin was not the same talent that Lynch was throughout his career, and has also been inactive for longer than Lynch was, meaning that he couldn't realistically be asking for much.

When Harvin was active, he was as electrifying as any player the league had to offer. Serving as a receiver, a return man and a versatile rushing weapon, Harvin averaged over 1,000 yards from scrimmage over the first three years of his career, all with the Minnesota Vikings. He garnered Pro Bowl honors as a rookie in 2009 with 2,081 all-purpose yards, including two kick return touchdowns.

Harvin was traded from Minnesota to Seattle before the 2013 season, but injuries kept him sidelined for most of the season. However, he made his presence known in Super Bowl XLVIII, returning the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown in a Seahawks' victory.

Harvin finished out his career with the Jets and the Bills from 2014 to 2016.

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