He'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially when the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay. In Miami, Jordan Cameron gets a boost as the Dolphins' primary tight end. Clay was #10 in targets per game (6.0) last season. Cameron could be even more involved than Clay.
The deal is reportedly worth $38 million over five years with $20 million guaranteed. Clay's targets would be affected if he stayed in Miami after the Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron. If he ends up with the Bills, he'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially if the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay.
Harvin will have a chance to rehab his image if he can behave and produce in Buffalo. He'll play third fiddle to LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins in the Bills' offense, so he'll have WR3/WR4 value provided new OC Greg Roman figures out how to use him. Roman's track record of underutilizing talent (like Vernon Davis) isn't very encouraging.
The Jets waited until Marshall passed his physical before parting ways with Harvin, whose ouster was announced simultaneously with confirmation of the trade.
Harvin is a playmaker, but he's been dumped by his third team in two years, so suitors would be wise to be cautious. Even so, he's going to draw plenty of interest on the open market.
In his final three seasons with the Vikings, Harvin averaged 16.3 fantasy points (PPR) and was dangerous in both the passing game (averaging 5.6-64-.35) and the running game (2.4 carries for 14 yards and 0.10 TD). In 14 regular season games with the Seahawks and the Jets, Harvin has averaged just 50 total yards and 0.14 TD per game, resulting in 9.6 PPR fantasy points. He turns 27 this summer and still has elite speed for his position, so he should be a hot commodity in free agency despite his poor production in recent years. There are character concerns, but if he lands in the right situation, he will be a fantasy factor in 2015.
Jets beat writer Rich Cimini identifies two potential cap cuts:
Percy Harvin, wide receiver ($10.5 million cap charge): Former general manager John Idzik executed a desperation trade last October that made sense on the risk-reward scale, but the landscape has changed. Not only is $10.5 million too much money for a player of Harvin's ilk, but there's also draft-pick compensation to consider. The Jets owe the Seattle Seahawks a conditional sixth-round pick that improves to a fourth-rounder if they keep him on the roster until March 19. The X factor is offensive coordinator Chan Gailey; his spread offense would be a nice fit for Harvin (if that's the system they choose to run). The March 19 deadline allows the Jets to explore free agency before making a decision on Harvin, who hasn't been an impact player since 2011.
Chris Johnson, running back ($5.25 million): The Jets have until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay a $500,000 option bonus, part of the two-year, $8 million contract Johnson signed last April. The amount of the bonus isn't prohibitive, but the cap charge is steep for a player who would be no more than a part-time back again. Johnson was a worthwhile signing a year ago, but he'll be 30 in September and isn't close to being the player he once was. The Jets can save $3.5 million by parting ways with Johnson. That probably will be the outcome.
Johnson averaged 4.3 YPC in his first season with the Jets. He and Harvin were two high-profile acquisitions last season, but there's a new regime in town, so expect plenty of change.
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 6:57pm
Any sudden movement -- a cough, a laugh or even a sneeze -- can be painful for Jets WR Percy Harvin, who suffered a rib cartilage injury in last week's loss to the Patriots. Nevertheless, he's determined to play in Sunday's season finale in Miami.
"It felt a little better,'' said Harvin, who practiced for the first time Friday, though on a limited basis. "I was able to move around, catch a couple balls, I ran a few routes, so I'm confident I'll at least be able to give it a go.''
He's listed as questionable on the injury report and Rex Ryan said Friday that Harvin will be a game-time decision. Harvin, who also has played the past two games with a third-degree ankle sprain, said his rib injury feels "a little bit better'' than it did Wednesday, the story said. He said the biggest issue for him is pain tolerance, but he quickly added, "I think I'll be able to handle it pretty good.''
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, ribs, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Harvin is expected to be a game-time decision this week. The game is early on Sunday.
Harvin was originally listed as questionable to return but was later downgraded to out.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Harvin’s usage is all over the place, making him a boom-or-bust option against a good New England secondary this week.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Harvin’s usage is all over the place, making him a boom-or-bust option against a good New England secondary this week.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Harvin’s usage is all over the place, making him a boom-or-bust option against a good New England secondary this week.
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 4:06pm
For his part, Harvin said he "absolutely" wants to remain with Gang Green beyond his nine-game audition.
"I feel at home here. I'm comfortable with all the players," Harvin said Friday, per the New York Post. "I like the vibe around here."
With a $10.5 million tab in 2015 and no guaranteed money past this year, the Jets must decide whether they want to pay the receiver or cut him loose.
Harvin has been a bigger part of the Jets' offense than he was in the five games he spent in Seattle before the mid-season trade. He's averaging 12.2 yards per reception with Gang Green and is coming off a six-catch, 124-yard performance last week.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. It appears that Harvin now has a good chance to play against the Titans this week. It’s a late game, so it makes for a dicey situation for those owners who want to (or are forced to) wait. Jeremy Kerley is a decent Plan B, though we would look elsewhere, if possible.
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