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Jets have a decision to make on Percy Harvin compensation

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Wide receiver Percy Harvin #16 of the New York Jets is tackled by middle linebacker Akeem Ayers #55 of the New England Patriots during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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The Jets have many offensive issues to fix this offseason.

But before they can even use draft picks to try, they have to make a decision which will impact what picks they have.

According to Rich Cimini of, the Jets have until March 19 to make a decision on Percy Harvin. If he’s still on the roster then, they owe the Seahawks a fourth-round pick to complete last year’s trade. If they cut him before then, they only owe Seattle a sixth-rounder.

There are four years and $41.5 million left on the contract they inherited from the Seahawks, but if the Jets release him, the entire cap charge comes off the books (as the Seahawks have eaten all the accelerations from the original deal when they traded him).

The questions the Jets have to answer is whether they think Harvin and Eric Decker are enough of a 1-2 punch for Geno Smith or whatever quarterback they decide on.

Harvin’s an expensive part, but he can be a dangerous offensive weapon in the right setting. The bigger question is whether New York can be that setting at this point.