Welp, the Percy Harvin isn’t happy story took a turn for the worse today. According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, Percy Harvin has requested a trade from the Minnesota Vikings. *gasp* However, sources told Krawczynski that a trade is unlikely to be granted.
An unhappy number one receiver is exactly what the Vikings can afford at this time. *sarcasm* They don’t have the deepest wide receiving core and new comer Jerome Simpson will be out the first three games of the season. The Vikings essentially can’t afford to not have Percy Harvin on the field come September.
With the request of a trade, it seems like it’s more than just a contract situation with Percy. Could it be his role in the offense?
One good sign was that Percy Harvin was at this mornings walk-thru at Winter Park, however, he watched from the sidelines, according to the reporters in attendance.
Whatever the situation is, the Vikings need to fix it ASAP!
Vikings had an afternoon practice session and Percy Harvin was NOT in attendance….sigh.
Multiple member of the Vikings organization talked to the media on Wednesday about the “Percy Situation.”
GM Rick Spielman stated the Vikings “have no interest in trading Percy Harvin.” He wouldn’t go into specifics nor mention if Harvin has in fact demanded a trade.
“He’s a key part of our organization,” Spielman said. “He’s a key part of our football team, and any issues that are out there or reported, we always handle those internally and will continue to handle those internally.”
With two years remaining on Percy’s deal, Spielman noted the Vikings “have a history of extending players going into the last year of their contract.”
To check off the “Is Percy unhappy with his offensive role” question, offensive coordinator pointed out his goal is to get Percy more involved:
The team reiterated its commitment to increasing Harvin’s playing time beyond the 58 percent of snaps he played last season. “Yes,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “Looking forward to it.”
So essentially, Harvin probably won’t be traded nor will he receive a new deal, but he will get more reps on offense. So, this is fun, right?
The Vikings biggest threat on offense, Adrian Peterson, met reporters on Wednesday and gave his take on the situation:
“I’m definitely going to talk to him,” Peterson said. “Any way I can help. Different advice, I’ll do that. But first, I have to sit down and talk to him and see what’s bothering him.
“But ultimately we’re grown men. So. I’m sure he’s going to do what his mind is set. I feel like personally this thing will work out. Everything will be OK.”
Finally, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier remains optimistic that everything will be worked out before training camp, but notes Percy and himself need to sit down and have a heart-to-heart.
So, I assume day three of mini-camp will bring about more information. Stay tuned!