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Harvin deal done, Seahawks happy to move on

ST. LOUIS — The Percy Harvin era — all eight games and 258 snaps of it — officially came to a close for the Seahawks Saturday morning.

Unlike the tumult generated by the leak of the news on Friday, the end came quietly, with statements by both the Seahawks and Jets officially announcing the trade.

A league source confirmed that the Seahawks will receive a 2015 draft pick for Harvin — a sixth-rounder if he is cut by the Jets after the season, a fourth-rounder if he remains on the roster.

It may seem like a small return for a player whom Seattle just 18 months earlier acquired for a 2013 first-rounder and seventh-rounder and a 2014 third-rounder.

But as the dust continued to settle on the stunning move, it became even clearer that the Seahawks were simply done with Harvin after a litany of issues that included altercations with Golden Tate prior to the Super Bowl and Doug Baldwin in August. After the altercation with Baldwin, Harvin did not attend the final exhibition game at Oakland.

But the incident that clinched the move came when Harvin, according to a league source, didn’t want to re-enter Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas. The team felt that was something that would be impossible to recover from. One source indicated that had the Seahawks not been able to trade Harvin they might have released him, possibly as early as next week.

In a statement released Saturday, Seattle general manager John Schneider said it was a trade that had to be done.

“Although this was an extremely difficult decision, we are constantly evaluating our team and believe at this time, that this is in our best interest to move the team forward,” the statement read. “We thank Percy for his efforts that contributed to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory and wish him well.”

Seattle reportedly also talked to Tampa Bay and Cleveland, teams that also have needs and the necessary salary cap space to take on Harvin’s contract, before finding a fit with the Jets, whose general manager, John Idzik, worked for the Seahawks from 2007-12.

The Harvin news capped an uneasy week for the Seahawks, who hit the field today at St. Louis against the Rams.

The game loomed key for the future of the season even before the trade of Harvin, with Seattle at 3-2 following the loss to Dallas and facing two long road trips in two weeks — the Seahawks play at Carolina next Sunday.

Now, after the trade of Harvin and subsequent revelations, there will be an even greater spotlight on the Seahawks around the league, NFL observers looking for even more cracks in Seattle’s foundation.

The Seahawks know that the best way for them to show they are not a team in turmoil is to take care of business today against the Rams.

That doesn’t figure to be an easy task, though, despite St. Louis’ 1-4 record and Seattle’s recent winning streak here—the Seahawks have won 16 of the last 18 against the Rams.

Seattle lost here two years ago and narrowly escaped last season, 14-9, thanks to a last-second goal-line stand in a game in which St. Louis outgained the Seahawks 339-135.