Percy Harvin’s will-he-or-won’t-he saga, dating back to last October, is apparently over.
The former Buffalo Bills receiver has decided to retire from football, Pro Football Talk and other media outlets reported on Thursday.
Before the Bills faced the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, The Buffalo News reported that Harvin, who chose not to make the trip with the team, was considering retirement because of chronic injuries.
The Bills eventually placed him on their injured-reserve list with knee and hip problems, bringing his 2015 season and and his career to an end. The team then voided the final two years of a contract he signed last year, making him a free agent. Since the end of the season, General Manager Doug Whaley and coach Rex Ryan repeatedly said they would welcome him back, provided Harvin wanted to play and the two sides could work out a contract.
A source in Harvin’s camp recently put out the word that his client “definitely” would play in 2016 and was talking with “a few teams,” including the Bills.
Harvin played in only five games before the Bills before landing on IR. He finished with 19 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed five times for 31 yards, and returned five kickoffs for 108 yards.
Harvin, who completed his seventh NFL season, had a history of illnesses and injuries during his pro career. He missed 10 games during four years with the Minnesota Vikings, whom he joined as a first-round draft pick from the University of Florida in 2009.
Migraine headaches, which caused him to miss the 2009 NFL Rookie Symposium and also prompted him to miss the first three practices of his rookie training camp, kept him out of a late-season game in ’09 and also caused him to pass out during a training camp practice in 2010.
After being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, Harvin was diagnosed with a slight labrum tear in his hip during offseason training and underwent surgery on Aug. 1, 2013. The Seahawks placed him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, from which he was activated for one ’13 regular-season game, against the Vikings, before developing inflammation in the hip that kept him out until Seattle’s appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. He returned the second-half kickoff of that game 87 yards for a touchdown to help the Seahawks beat Denver for their first Super Bowl triumph.
For his career – which included a stint with the New York Jets in the second half of the 2014 season – Harvin had 351 receptions for 4,020 yards and 22 touchdowns. He had 145 career rushing attempts for 916 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 152 kick returns for 4,127 yards and five TDs.