Per his agent, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin, who retired this offseason after several injuries, has come out of retirement and resigned with the Bills.
My client Percy Harvin has come out of retirement to sign with the Buffalo Bills for the remainder of the season!— Greg Barnett (@gbo74) November 1, 2016
In five games with the Bills last year, Harvin caught 19 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. A hip injury put him out of commission after limiting his effectiveness for most of that time, but after over a year without seeing the field he could be plenty rested.
When he played, Harvin seemed to have a decent connection with Tyrod Taylor. Taylor’s first touchdown pass was a very nice 51-yard bomb to Harvin in last year’s season-opening win against the Colts. He caught at least four passes in each of Buffalo’s first three games last year, maxing out at seven for 66 yards against the Dolphins in Week 3.
It’s no secret that the Bills were looking for wide receiver help. Injuries to Sammy Watkins, Marquise Goodwin, and Greg Salas have limited the capability of the offense to do much of anything through the air. Many observers believe that the lack of quality receiving play is the primary culprit for Taylor’s ineffective play so far.
Is Harvin a game changer in that regard? If the 28-year-old can stay healthy, it’s a possibility. He’s not a true top target, but he’s certainly better than whatever else the Bills could hope to cobble together, especially if Goodwin and Brandon Tate continue to miss time in the concussion protocol.
Given the high cost of trading for someone like Alshon Jeffery or Torrey Smith, Harvin is about as good of a pickup as the Bills could hope for. Now we can see if he has anything left in the tank, beginning with a trip to his former stomping grounds in Seattle on Monday night.
Update: For those of you curious about the financial side of the deal, here’s NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport with the details: