The Jets will obviously face a big decision regarding Harvin once the 2014 season has concluded as he’s set to make a base salary of $10.5 million next year.
Mehta points out that Harvin is likely smart enough to realize that he won’t make that kind of salary as a free agent next year. However, Mehta believes Harvin will have at least some amount of leverage with the Jets that could force to consider keeping him at his current salary or restructure his contract to include some guaranteed money over the next few years.
“Why take a pay cut to play for a bad team with an unsettled quarterback situation? That isn’t going to happen,” writes Mehta.
New York will have plenty of cap space to work with next year, so they can clearly afford to pay him a decent salary and still address several other roster needs.
It’s worth mentioning that the Jets would owe the Seahawks their 2015 fourth-round pick if Harvin is on the roster at the start of the 2015 league year.
Harvin recently mentioned that he likes being in New York.
“I feel at home here. I’m comfortable with all the players,” Harvin said Friday, via the George Willis of the New York Post. “I like the vibe around here.”
Harvin, 26, is in the second year of his six-year, $67 million contract that included $25.5 million guaranteed. This season, Harvin has caught 47 passes for 439 yards receiving while contributing another 191 yards on 30 carries (6.4 YPC) and two total touchdowns over the course of 11 games.