With the NFL trade deadline approaching (Oct. 28), teams are starting to look at potential moves. This week saw what will likely be the major trade of the deadline along with a re-signing, both from the same team. These are discussed below and, as always, the rest of the moves are down below with some of the more significant ones highlighted in red.
New York Jets trade for WR Percy Harvin
Just one and a half seasons after being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, the team sent him away in a trade to the New York Jets.
In a surprising move, the Seahawks gave away the dynamic Harvin for a 2015 sixth round pick that can turn into a fourth round pick if he is on the Jets roster at the start of the next season.
When Seattle acquired him back in 2013, they gave up a first, third and seventh round pick to the Minnesota Vikings and then signed him to a six-year contract worth $67 million.
With the Seahawks last season, Harvin missed all but one regular season game due to a hip injury that required surgery. He also missed the NFC Championship Game due to a concussion. When he was finally healthy, he had a major impact on Super XLVIII returning a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and 50 yards and three touches on offense.
This season he has 22 catches for 133 yards and zero touchdowns, though he had three touchdowns called back due to penalties in the game against Washington. He also had 11 carries for 92 yards and one touchdown.
Prior to playing for the Seahawks, the 26-year old spent four seasons in Minnesota after they drafted him in the first round.
In his final season with the Vikings (2012) he was an MVP candidate through the first nine games of the season before suffering a season ending ankle injury. In these nine games he had 62 catches for 677 yards and three touchdowns, 22 rushes for 96 yards and one kickoff return for a touchdown. These numbers show the unique playmaking ability of Harvin.
While Seattle gave up so much for him just a year and a half ago, they traded him away for so little due to his fit on the team. After the trade was announced, multiple reports came out of fights and disagreements with teammates (Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin). Harvin was frustrated with his role––of lack thereof––within the offense and wasn't a good teammate, which is something head coach Pete Carroll stresses. If Seattle wasn't able to complete a trade, they would have cut Harvin.
By trading Harvin, the Seahawks save approximately $6.5 million in salary cap this season with the Jets taking on the rest of his salary this season. However, Seattle takes a cap hit of $7.2 million next season due to the guaranteed money that was in his contract.
For New York, the team is struggling right now and could use a boost on offense. Quarterback Geno Smith could use another weapon, especially one of Harvin's caliber. After the season, New York can cut him and have no ramifications on the salary cap in the future ($10.5 million, all non-guaranteed). If they do cut him, it will be a waste of a sixth round pick as the Jets are highly unlikely to make the playoffs with their 1-6 record. However, if Harvin is able to keep his act together then the Jets will have added a starting wide receiver for the years to come for just a fourth round pick.
New York Jets re-sign WR Jeremy Kerley
Continuing with the New York Jets wide receiving corps, they signed Kerley to a four-year extension just days after completing the trade for Harvin.
Set to become a free agent at the end of the season, Kerley will now be in New York for years to come. The four-year deal is worth a total of $16 million with $5.4 million guaranteed.
Drafted by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the 25-year old (26 in November) has become one of the more underrated slot receivers in the league.
At 5 feet 9 inches, he is one of the shorter wide receivers in the NFL. This limits his effectiveness to the slot where he can use his quickness to his advantage.
As a rookie he caught 29 passes and was the main punt returner. He continued returning punts in 2012 and 2013 and he returned one for a touchdown in 2012. This year he has returned only two punts.
His best statistical season came in 2012 when he caught 56 passes for 827 yards and two touchdowns. Last season he caught 43 passes for 523 yards and three touchdowns while missing four games due to injury.
This season he has caught 22 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown. These stats put him on pace for another 50-plus catch season.
Quarterback Geno Smith has developed a connection with Kerley––it isn't unusual for younger quarterbacks to like throwing the underneath, checkdown passes which is more of what Kerley runs. This connection is shown by Smith targeting Kerley more than any other receiver on the team (45).
Kerley has led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards the last two seasons. It is unlikely for this to continue this season given the additions of Harvin, Eric Decker (free agency) and tight end Jace Amaro (draft).
Kerley is a key component of the Jets offense. For a team that has struggled so much on offense over the last few seasons, they couldn't afford to lose their best receiver from years prior. He isn't a number one receiver, but he is a good option from the slot. Four million per season is a reasonable price for a player like this and with only $5.4 million guaranteed, there isn't much in terms of long term commitment.
The Atlanta Falcons sign OT Jonathan Scott.
The Baltimore Ravens sign LS Kevin McDermott.
The Buffalo Bills sign RB Phillip Tanner.
The Carolina Panthers waive S Robert Lester.
The Carolina Panthers sign LB Adarius Glanton.
The Carolina Panthers cut S Charles Godfrey.
The Carolina Panthers sign G Chris Scott.
The Cleveland Browns sign OT Ryan Seymour.
The Cleveland Browns sign DT Jacobbi McDaniel.
The Cleveland Browns waive TE Gerell Robinson.
The Cleveland Browns sign FB Kiero Small.
The Cleveland Browns waive FB Ray Agnew.
The Cleveland Browns cut DT Jacobbi McDaniel.
The Cleveland Browns sign TE Gerell Robinson.
The Dallas Cowboys sign DE Lavar Edwards.
The Dallas Cowboys waive LB Corey Toomer.
The Dallas Cowboys sign LB Keith Smith.
The Dallas Cowboys cut DT Ken Bishop.
The Denver Broncos cut LB Shaquil Barrett.
The Denver Broncos sign RB Kapri Bibbs.
The Detroit Lions sign TE Jordan Thompson.
The Detroit Lions sign TE Kellen Davis.
The Detroit Lions cut S Jerome Couplin.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign DE Chris Smith.
The Miami Dolphins sign CB Lowell Rose.
The Miami Dolphins cut DT DeAndre Coleman.
The New England Patriots sign DT Alan Branch.
The New England Patriots release LB Ja'Gared Davis.
The New England Patriots trade a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans for LB Akeem Ayers and a seventh round pick.
The New Orleans Saints cut TE Tom Crabtree.
The New Orleans Saints sign LB Todd Davis.
The New Orleans Saints sign TE Tom Crabtree.
The New Orleans Saints cut LB Todd Davis.
The New York Jets cut WR David Nelson.
The St. Louis Rams waive WR Austin Pettis.
The St. Louis Rams sign LB Marshall McFadden.
The San Francisco 49ers sign S Ray Ventrone.
The San Francisco 49ers cut QB Josh Johnson.
The San Francisco 49ers sign QB Josh Johnson.
The San Francisco 49ers cut S Ray Ventrone.
The Seattle Seahawks sign TE Rashaun Allen.
The Seattle Seahawks sign S Steven Terrell.
The Seattle Seahawks waive TE Rashaun Allen.
The Seattle Seahawks claim TE Brett Brackett off waivers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign WR/KR Trindon Holliday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release WR/KR Solomon Patton.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release DE Scott Solomon.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign DE T.J. Fatinikun.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign LB Orie Lemon.
The Tennessee Titans sign TE Brett Bracket.
The Tennessee Titans cut TE Brett Bracket.
The Tennessee Titans sign RB Antonio Andrews.
The Tennessee Titans sign TE Richard Gordon.
The Washington Redskins sign LB Everette Brown.