Percy Harvin appears to be finished as an NFL player

Dec 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16) is helped off the field during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Jets 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16) is helped off the field during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Jets 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Percy Harvin is getting interest from teams but the former Vikings receiver is reportedly unlikely to play in the NFL in 2016.

A report by Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.com paints a pretty dire picture of Percy Harvin’s prospects for continuing his NFL career in 2016.

Harvin signed with Buffalo in 2015 but managed to appear in only five games before going on IR with knee and hip injuries. The Bills voided Harvin’s contract in February, making him a free agent.

Health of course has been a big part of Harvin’s story ever since he first came into the league in 2009 as a first round draft pick of the Vikings.

Harvin had a big rookie year for Minnesota with Brett Favre throwing him the ball, but even then there was drama with Percy, in particular a nagging migraine issue.

Harvin’s production stayed steady for Minnesota through the 2010 and 2011 seasons despite quarterback upheaval and overall team drop-off. Then came the 2012 season, which began with Harvin demanding a trade and ended with him going on IR because of an ankle injury. In between, Harvin managed to put up MVP-level numbers despite an apparent lack of chemistry with Christian Ponder.

Stories began surfacing late in 2012 about Harvin’s clashes with coaches and training staff over the way he was rehabbing his bad ankle. The Vikings managed to make the playoffs without Percy, and after the year Rick Spielman traded him to Seattle in a blockbuster deal that netted Minnesota three draft picks.

Harvin would play just one regular season game for Seattle in 2013 because of his bad hip, but he would return for the postseason and play a role in Seattle’s Super Bowl victory over the Broncos.

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Seattle would keep Harvin for only part of the 2014 season, ultimately trading him away to the Jets. More stories then surfaced of Harvin’s bad behavior including a disturbing anecdote about him nearly crippling Golden Tate in an altercation.

Harvin’s ability was always very large, and at times he was a very dangerous player, but his inability to stay healthy and keep his selfish attitude in check finally spelled his demise.

If Harvin does indeed call it a career (it must be noted that there have been conflicting reports in recent weeks about whether Percy means to continue playing) his story will be one of squandered talent. Harvin’s health issues surely contributed to his never realizing his potential, but the stuff between his ears played a part in that as well.