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New York Jets release wideout Percy Harvin

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Percy Harvin's brief stay with the New York Jets has come to an end.

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The Jets released the talented wide receiver on Tuesday, the team announced, just days after acquiring Brandon Marshall in a trade with the Chicago Bears. Harvin is free to sign with any team.

The Jets acquired Harvin from the Seahawks last October in a move designed to spark a sagging offense, and in Seattle's case, to rid the locker room of a perceived problem child. Former Jets general manager John Idzik memorably called the trade a "potential coup" for New York.

It didn't quite work out that way, as Harvin -- working in a subpar offense plagued by poor quarterback play -- failed to make a significant impact across eight games. The Jets were not locked into any guaranteed money to Harvin beyond the 2014 season, and were faced with a decision to pay Harvin $10.5 million in 2015, release him, or make an attempt to restructure his contract.

In the end, they chose to trade for Marshall, a safer and more cost-effective option for the franchise.

By releasing Harvin, the Seahawks officially own the Jets' sixth-round pick in this year's draft. The Jets would have had to surrender their fourth-round pick to Seattle if Harvin was on the roster on March 19.

Harvin is still just 26 and possesses rare playmaking ability. There should be a healthy market for his services, despite the fact that he'll be with his fourth team in seven seasons by Week 1.

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