By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Percy Harvin has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season. However, he wants to come back to the league.
Harvin is just 31-years-old. But the years away from the game could potentially hurt him in his chances to return.
He said that he would love an opportunity to play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harvin would like to be teammates with Tom Brady.
“I thought I was done, but that itch came back,” Harvin told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “My body is feeling good. Mentally, I’m better. My family is good. The timing is right.”
Throughout his playing career, he has been hampered by injuries. Also, he has had to deal with migraine headaches.
Harvin never filed retirement paperwork with the league. If he does come back, it’ll be the second player to do that this off-season.
Rob Gronkowski never filed retirement paperwork with the NFL following his announced retirement in March 2019. Then, on Tuesday, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the New England Patriots.
“I knew I wasn’t functioning right, not only physically, just all around the board,” Harvin said to Anderson. “I had to get in contact with myself.”
The 31-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFL Draft. After playing for the Vikings, he also played for the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, and the New York Jets.
In his career, he appeared in 75 games, including 61 starts. He had 353 receptions for 4,026 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Harvin also had 146 carries for 927 yards and five touchdowns.
As it stands, his final game in the NFL came in Week 11 of the 2016 season when he had two receptions for six yards in a 16-12 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on November 20, 2016.
He also had one carry for 11 yards in the contest.