Veteran wide receiver Percy Harvin came out of retirement on Tuesday by re-signing with the Buffalo Bills, whose roster has been decimated by injuries.
WR Percy Harvin is coming out of retirement to sign with the Buffalo Bills for the rest of the season. pic.twitter.com/rLBPZfCj0G
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 1, 2016
With only 8 games left in the season, the Bills are reportedly paying Harvin $1 million with incentives, proving that they are, in fact, desperate. The Bills placed S Aaron Williams reserved/injured list to make room for their veteran.
From an injury standpoint, the Bills are struggling mightily. Injuries to Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas required them to be put on IR, Robert Woods is playing through a foot injury and Brandon Tate is going through concussion protocol. Ouch.
Tate’s hurt; Bush hasn’t done much. Why not? Percy Harvin comes out of retirement to rejoin Buffalo Bills https://t.co/iCMR0AaNsK
— Todd Clausen (@ToddJClausen) November 1, 2016
This is not saying that Harvin is a bad choice; the wide receiver is a Pro Bowler and proven asset at his position when healthy. But after suffering from a chronic hip injury last season, he felt that it was time to call it quits. But Rex Ryan knew the magic words to get him back on the field.
Percy is a guy that worked so hard. It’s either full speed (or nothing), and sometimes you try to back him down a little bit, but that’s why last year he was so frustrated that he wasn’t able to contribute more to our team. He just needed some time away from the game to get healed up. So hopefully we catch lightning in a bottle so to speak and Percy is back to himself.
Rex Ryan, Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills
Since entering the league in 2009, the 28-year old is not new to being shuffled around. Originally drafted in the first round by the Vikings, then traded to the Seahawks in 2013, and traded again to the Jets in 2014, then after being cut, he was picked up as a free agent by the Bills.
— Clyde the Glyde (@cwburke24) November 1, 2016
Some speculate that he is seeking vengeance as his return coincides with the Bills and Seahawks match up Monday night. However, as Harvin hasn’t taken any snaps in the last 13 months and with a Week 10 bye, the Bills will most likely reintroduce him to face the Bengals.
— One Buffalo (@ImSoBuffalo) November 1, 2016
Fans and teammates both seem to be optimistic for Harvin’s return.
He’s obviously a dynamic playmaker and a great teammate. I was with him in Minnesota and here with him last year. He’s an explosive player who has been a playmaker in the league. I know he had some health issues, but if those are resolved you’re bringing an A-plus talent to the team obviously it adds a lot to our offense.
Jerome Felton, fullback for Buffalo Bills
“That’s my boy. Definitely excited to have him.” –@TyrodTaylor on Percy Harvin
More of this ? on the way. pic.twitter.com/oxhr9OeEts
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 1, 2016
It will be interesting to see if he will be a valuable player after a long break that has hopefully allowed him to heal, or if he will yet again fall to the injury curse the Bills have been plagued with.