Wide receiver and return specialist Percy Harvin is “leaning toward” playing in the 2016 season, Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley said via Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com.
“From what I’m hearing, he’s leaning towards playing,” Whaley said. “The thing about the health was, when you’re playing at a certain level and you know your body — and these guys are highly-trained athletes— for him, he had to work so hard every week to get to that level, and he wasn’t getting to that level, so it was frustrating for him. He was contemplating, ‘Can I play this sport anymore to the level that I’m used to and put the product out there that I want to be proud of?’ Since putting him on IR and going through all of this stuff, I think he’s gotten to the point now where he feels he might want to come back and play.”
Harvin played well for Buffalo early last year, catching 19 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown while also returning five kickoffs for 108 yards, but then went down after Week 5 due to knee and hip injuries. He is currently a free agent, but Whaley is interested in bringing him back and expects a decision in the next one to two weeks.
Still, let’s not forget that Harvin has developed a reputation as being oft-injured and something of a head case in time with the Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks. He hasn’t played a full season since 2011 and may not be worth the headache in the eyes of some, even if he’s still just 27 years old.
But the fact remains that in Buffalo, Harvin found something of a niche in the offense. Were it not for injuries, there’s no telling how effective he may have been.
And Whaley seems to feel the same way, so be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Percy Harvin’s future!
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