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Best player No. 7 for the Seahawks

4/2/2014

In the continuing countdown of the top 12 players for the Seattle Seahawks entering the 2014 season, this is the $67 million man who only showed a glimpse of how good he can be in 2013.

No. 7: Receiver/kick returner Percy Harvin -- Things ended well for Harvin, but 2013 was the season of his discontent. Harvin signed a five-year, $67 million deal to be the explosive difference-maker for the Seattle offense and the man who could get the team to the Super Bowl.

As it turned out, the Seahawks were able to do that without him, but 2014 should be a much different story for Harvin. After undergoing hip surgery in August to repair a torn labrum, Harvin played in only one regular-season game and two playoff games.

But his limited time on the field showed why the Seahawks were willing to pay so much to get him. He had a 58-yard kickoff return in the November game against his old Minnesota teammates.

Harvin was the surprising leading rusher in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos -- two carries for 45 yards on end-around plays, but he put the game out of reach when he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown.

Seahawks fans hope it was a glimpse into the future on what he can do. Harvin should be 100 percent healthy for 2014 and is expected to be a major contributor to the offense and special teams.

He is one of the fastest players in the NFL and has the athletic ability to be the best player on the team. Everyone is hoping 2014 is a chance to make up for lost time.

Contract status: Harvin is the highest-paid player on the team, with a cap hit of $13.4 million in 2014 and a salary of $11 million in the second year of his six-year deal, including $25.5 million that is guaranteed.