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Percy Harvin denies anger issues, rift with Seahawks teammates

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Harvin speculation has been rampant since the receiver's surprising trade to the Jets.

Kevin C. Cox

In the aftermath of the Percy Harvin trade that netted the Seattle Seahawks only a conditional sixth-round pick, reports quickly spread that the receiver had been a regular problem in the locker room due to anger issues. Harvin has responded, denying the rumors and any alleged rift with teammates, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

The Seahawks traded a first-round pick prior to the 2013 season to acquire Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings. Though he missed most of the season to injury, Harvin played a big role on special teams during Seattle's blowout win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl the following February. Harvin apparently thought that would lead to bigger things in 2014.

Instead, Harvin was reduced to a mere 26 targets over five games. He reportedly lashed out at teammates, allegedly body slamming fellow receiver Doug Baldwin. Normally such behavior would be grounds for departure, but not all agreed. Quarterback Russell Wilson wanted to help Harvin out with his anger issues and keep him in Seattle.

But it didn't play out that way. Harvin was shopped around to multiple teams before landing in New York for a late-round pick. He's viewed as damaged goods, and it'll take a turnaround with the Jets to change that perception.