MOBILE, Ala. — The Buffalo Bills want Percy Harvin back. General manager Doug Whaley repeated that much at the Senior Bowl Tuesday.
But the wide receiver's health remains a concern and there's no timetable set.
Was it his hip? His knee? Nothing has ever been clear on the subject, Whaley was told.
“I don’t know if he’s quite clear," Whaley said. "I think it’s one of those things — from what I gather, I’m not going to put words in his mouth — he wants to be healthy before he gets out there and shows his wares on the football field. He is a proud guy. He’s used to performing at a certain standard. If he can’t perform at that standard, I think that’s where his indecision is: 'Can I and do I want to be less than the Percy Harvin everybody has seen.'”
Harvin's 2015 season started with a bang. He was Tyrod Taylor's go-to guy before Sammy Watkins in catching 16 passes for 192 yards with one touchdown. He was rejuvenated in Buffalo and was finally putting it all together. He was originally put on the injury list with a hip injury, a chronic problem for the receiver, and then ended up on IR with a knee injury and had surgery.
Whaley said the Bills would not put a deadline on Harvin making a decision.
"We’ll talk to him, see where he is and hopefully he comes back," Whaley said. "We want him back.”
Finances are a factor as well. He signed a three-year contract with Buffalo with two years voidable. If he's healthy and able to return, both sides would need to find the right number.
Said Whaley, “It just has to play into it where it’s a win for them and a win for us.”
As for the team's top two priorities in unrestricted free agency — guard Richie Incognito and tackle Cordy Glenn — Whaley said the Bills are "just starting the process." Buffalo's No. 1-ranked rushing attack was most effective running to the left side, behind this duo and center Eric Wood. Buffalo averaged 6.58 yards per carry on runs toward Incognito in 2015, which is the best for any team since ESPN Stats & Info started studying this in 2006.
Soon, Senior VP of Football Administration Jim Overdorf will be reaching out to agents.
"We had a meeting with the coaches last week," Whaley said, "so J.O. is going to start reaching out to their representatives and start to get the ball rolling.”