Percy Harvin's Bills Contract Voided: Latest Details and Reaction

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin runs into position against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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Percy Harvin's contract voided Friday after the wide receiver spent just one season with the Buffalo Bills, per Sal Capaccio of WGR 550. The 27-year-old pass-catcher had just 19 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown in five games during the 2015 season.

As Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk pointed out, Harvin was unlikely to remain with the Bills through 2017 with his contract:

The Bills signed wide receiver Percy Harvin to a three-year contract last offseason, although there never was much chance that he’d see the final two years of the deal.

With base salaries of $9 million for 2016 and 2017, those years were tacked on to make his 2015 cap hit easier to swallow as the Bills had the ability to void the deal after paying $3 million in salary and a $3 million signing bonus in the first year.

The former Florida Gators star's talent is unquestioned, as he was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Super Bowl 48, per the Seattle Seahawks:

However, he's had health issues. Harvin has missed 39 regular-season games over his seven-year career while dealing with migraines as well as hip and knee injuries.

As a result of the voided contract, Harvin will become a free agent March 9. Last month, Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team would like to have him back, per Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News"We’ll talk to him, see where he is and hopefully he comes back," Whaley said. "We want him back.”

Wanting him back and agreeing to terms are two separate things, and there is no guarantee he'll be back with a different deal.

If he's healthy and signs for less money than he was set to receive over the next two years, Harvin could be an asset for a team looking for a return specialist and wide receiver depth.