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Why Jets WR Percy Harvin is rooting for Seahawks in playoffs

Playoff compensation benefits players who may not have been on a team's roster the entire season.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

It doesn’t usually pay to be a New York Jet come playoff time, but for wide receiver Percy Harvin it might. The former Seattle Seahawk can still benefit financially from the Seahawks’ success this postseason, despite being traded from the defending Super Bowl champions to the lowly Jets seven games into the 2014-15 season.

According to the NFL’s playoff compensation eligibility rules, Harvin is eligible to receive a half playoff share from the Seahawks:

4. Players who aren’t on the 53-man roster at game time that spent between three and seven games on the roster (regular season or playoffs) provided they’re not under contract to another team in the same conference.

This means that if his former team wins the Super Bowl this year, Harvin will earn a cool $70,500 while relaxing at home . . . or perhaps somewhere on a Caribbean Island.

Playoff shares are such that a player on the 53-man roster of a division winner will make $24,000 this weekend, regardless of whether he is Ben Roethlisberger or Greg Warren, the Steelers’ long snapper. The drive for a third Super Bowl ring means a massive pay cut for Roethlisberger, who made more than that amount per passing attempt during the regular season.

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