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Jets release Percy Harvin, save $10.5M in salary-cap room

New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16)

New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16) looks on during pregame warmups before taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

As expected, the Jets have parted ways with Percy Harvin.

The team on Tuesday announced the roster move, which saves them $10.5 million in salary-cap space. The move came after the Jets officially announcing the trade for former Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

With Harvin's release, the Jets will send a sixth-round pick to Seattle, per the terms of their trade agreement last season.

The Jets had until March 19 to make a decision on Harvin's status. Had he remained on the roster after that date, the Jets would have had to send a fourth-rounder to Seahawks.

New Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan did, however, leave the door open for a possible return.

"Percy is a talented player who has been a model teammate with the Jets," Maccagnan told the team's website. "We've made it clear to Percy and his representatives that we are open to a potential return if there is an arrangement that works for both sides, but out of respect for Percy, we want to give him an opportunity to test the market and evaluate his options. We appreciate his patience as we've worked through this process."

Former Jets GM John Idzik labeled the acquisition of Harvin in exchange for a sixth-round pick "a potential coup." But the midseason trade on Oct. 18 was too little too late for the reeling Jets, who started the season 1-6 before Harvin joined the club.

The versatile receiver finished with 29 catches for 350 yards and a touchdown. He also carried 22 times for 110 yards and led the team with 495 kickoff-return yards.

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