The Jets cut Percy Harvin on Tuesday, saving $10.5 million against their salary cap.
Harvin had 29 catches for 350 and one touchdown with the Jets after coming over from the Seahawks after five games.
Harvin, who started his career with Vikings, scored a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win two seasons ago.
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The Jets acquired the versatile Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks last October, but he was due $10.5 million in base salary this season. New York would have also owed Seattle a fourth-round draft pick if he was still a member of the Jets after 4 p.m. on March 19.
Instead, the Jets owe the Seahawks a sixth-rounder. New general manager Mike Maccagnan called Harvin a "model teammate" with the Jets.
"We’ve made it clear to Percy and his representatives that we are open to a potential return if there is an arrangement that works for both sides," Maccagnan said in a statement. "But out of respect for Percy, we want to give him an opportunity to test the market and evaluate his options."
However, if the Jets re-sign Harvin before the second day of the NFL draft, they would then again owe the Seahawks a fourth-rounder instead of the current sixth-rounder.
Harvin had 29 catches for 350 yards and a touchdown in eight games with the Jets after then-general manager John Idzik acquired him, calling the move "a potential coup" for New York. Harvin also ran for 110 yards on 22 carries, and averaged 24.8 yards on 20 kickoff returns.