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Harvin blames Seahawks receivers for Seattle debacle

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Two teams and 10 months removed from the Seattle Seahawks, new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin on Wednesday blamed his disastrous tenure in Seattle on jealous fellow wide receivers.

On ESPN’s “First Take,” Harvin said, “I felt when I went to Seattle a lot of the receivers took me as a threat rather than accepting me as a teammate. I always told those guys — I pulled them to the side several times after seeing the comments they (made) to the media — ‘Hey, guys, I’m here to ball with you, to take us to the next level.’

“A lot of guys were (thinking) they were established and they didn’t need any help. I just took it as I never was kind of accepted in the receiver group by all the members.”

Harvin said he had several conversations with coach Pete Carroll and “would take him the papers and show him the quotes that I was rubbed by wrong.”

He added, “At times I kind of felt as I had to come in and be the guy to sit in the back of the room, not say too much, kind of walk on egg shells. That in itself drew frustrations on top of not being accepted in my receiver group, so I just kind of never was able to get comfortable in Seattle.”

The Seahawks acquired Harvin in a blockbuster deal with the Minnesota Vikings in March 2013, sending their first-round pick and two others to the Vikings and then signing Harvin to a six-year, $67 million contract.

Harvin missed almost all of his first season in Seattle as he recovered from offseason hip surgery. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. It later was revealed that he had punched wide receiver Golden Tate during a fight the night before the title game.

Tate ended up leaving Seattle last year to join the Detroit Lions, and he referenced Harvin’s megadeal as a big reason the Seahawks were unable to offer him a competitive contract.

Harvin then scuffled with wide receiver Doug Baldwin during training camp last August.

Harvin told ESPN he should have handled some situations differently, but he preferred to deal with issues in the locker room “man to man, which is kind of what I did with the Doug situation. But that kind of turned and backfired.”

Harvin was traded to the New York Jets in October, just days after he refused to play in the fourth quarter of a close game against the Dallas Cowboys, who beat Seattle 30-23.

He followed coach Rex Ryan from the Jets to the Bills in March, and he has told Ryan he is open to helping out at cornerback.


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