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Percy Harvin hints at holdout over “issues”

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Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was on hand at Vikings minicamp Tuesday, but indicated training camp could be a different story.

Harvin, per Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com “repeatedly says he’s not happy. Won’t say it’s the contract but says it “definitely” needs to be resolved before training camp.”

The shoulder problems that limited him earlier don’t seem to be a problem, according to Pelissero, who also tweeted that Harvin referred to “issues” rather than the contract specifically.

Harvin has two years left on his rookie deal, and is scheduled to make $915,000 this year.

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32 Responses to “Percy Harvin hints at holdout over “issues””
  1. Ghost Rat says: Jun 19, 2012 1:20 PM

    Harvin played every game last season and had 87 catches. Vikes would be wise to offer him an extension now while Harvin might agree to a reasonable price.

  2. minnyfan4life says: Jun 19, 2012 1:21 PM

    Get something done. He has been a very good player since he came to MN and is going to be a big factor in the future of the team.

  3. mattyjimmy says: Jun 19, 2012 1:24 PM

    Awwwwwww crap. I hope they work this out. He deserves a contract extension. I’m not really sure how his attitude chanced so much over the last few months. He went from wanting to rally the veteran players to show up to optional OTA’s to a potential camp holdout? Damn.

  4. matthewcarlson1 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:24 PM

    Ponder should pay a portion of Percy’s salary for the next couple years. Harvin single-handedly destroyed our chances at Andrew Luck. But seriously we gotta lock this guy down long-term!

  5. dublindemonszfl says: Jun 19, 2012 1:27 PM

    This Vikings fan says get your butt to camp. You would have fallen further in the draft if not for the Vikings. They took a chance on you, stick it out this season and you’ll get a new deal next spring. You’re a great player, but need to stay healthy longer, make it this year and take it home next.

  6. DrunkenBlackmon says: Jun 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    Non-contract “issues”? Maybe he doesn’t want to be the team’s third-string RB anymore.

  7. rockthered1286 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:31 PM

    This year is horrendous for players whining about their contract that they signed and halfway through decide they are worth more than they think.

    It’s like the brat kid in the story crying to his mommy because “that kid over there got 2 toys and I only got 1.”

  8. skolvikesskol says: Jun 19, 2012 1:32 PM

    Pay him! 2nd best weapon on the team. Plays hard. Plays hurt. Plays any wr position they put him in and even RB sometimes. Show some love vikes!

  9. kidpresentable says: Jun 19, 2012 1:39 PM

    The Vikings can’t have this type of distraction hanging over their season if they expect to get to 5 victories.

  10. shaggytoodle says: Jun 19, 2012 1:42 PM

    If he doesn’t have a headache causing him to miss games or practice, he seems to be causing them for the team.

  11. henryd3rd says: Jun 19, 2012 1:43 PM

    Is this the same man who has been plagued with migraines, shoulder problems and tested positive for marijuana at the Rookie NFL Combines? He has yet to prove he’s ready for the Big Time and the Vikings were fools for drafting this guy as high as they did.

  12. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:46 PM

    How can you hold out when you never really did anything to begin with?

  13. doe22us says: Jun 19, 2012 1:46 PM

    He should get in line just like Desean, play your contract out.

  14. schmitty2 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:47 PM

    This will give Vikes fans a huge “migraine” if he holds out

  15. fwippel says: Jun 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    Uh, boy. As a Viking fan, Harvin was this team’s offensive MVP last year. They can’t afford not to have him on the field this year.

    Harvin came into the league with some major baggage attached. However, he’s proven to be a solid pro who has kept himself out of trouble and given his all on the field.

    What ever the issues are, they need to be resolved.

  16. cjmoderator says: Jun 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    It’ll be fine Harvin, as a Bengals fan I know for a fact Simpson can help with your migraines Bro. it’s called “medicinal” Marijuana and he can get it by the pounds ;)

  17. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 19, 2012 1:54 PM

    Maybe he’s not happy because his team is terrible?

  18. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 19, 2012 1:55 PM

    Harvin has a lot of talent but he hasn’t done enough yet to be considered elite. If he produces this year like he did the second half of last year, he’ll be in a position to get a huge contract. He might just want to stop playing running back so there’s less chance of getting hurt.

  19. mrvikingsfan11 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:57 PM

    It may be his contract but my guess would be he wants to stay in the slot position on the field.

  20. burlbradley says: Jun 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    Now Harvin’s giving the front office a migraine.

  21. jessethegreat says: Jun 19, 2012 2:35 PM

    If Harvin can stay healthy he has the ability to be one of the best slot receivers in the game.

    Peterson is the Vikings player most likely to dominate a game, but Harvin is the most likely to, in a single play, turn the tides of the game (on offense or ST obviously). Besides the LT and AD, Harvin is the most important piece on offence.

    Vikes would be wise to keep the guy happy and productive.

  22. cidman2001 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:39 PM

    As a 40+ year Viking fan, can I just say that this clown is highly over rated and always has been. I think they should just continue with the rebuilding program and trade him while they can get something for him. He’s nothing more than a number three slot guy and a special teams threat. While useful, he’s hardly elite or dependable…… I say trade him for some secondary help and some draft picks.

  23. armanixd says: Jun 19, 2012 2:47 PM

    Honestly, this is something that is getting old in the NFL. A NFL player should never state his discretions with personnel or contract in public. Mainly because, it can become detrimental to the team.

  24. FinFan68 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:18 PM

    What about all the practices and games he missed due to migraines and various other maladies? Get back to work and get a new deal next year like most of the rest of the rookies.

  25. granadafan says: Jun 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    Guys like Percy, DeSean, Arian Foster, Forte have long overplayed their rookie contracts and deserve a raise. However, I have zero sympathy for guys like Osi, Lance Briggs, MJD, and especially Revis. The latter group signed huge multi year deals after holding out and are whining about being underpaid AGAIN only 2-3 years into their deals.

    They want security yet can’t stand it if the market increases and someone else makes a cent more than them. Total hypocrisy.

  26. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:24 PM

    Has anyone asked him if he just needs some Advil?

  27. cpo187 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    This story is giving me a migraine.

  28. purpleguy says: Jun 19, 2012 3:49 PM

    If he performs well this year, he can cash in; otherwise, what is he? A guy Favre made a star (who’s no longer around), has a history of migranes, a history of substance abuse, has shown a lack of durability, and is now whining about his contract is not going to be incredibly attractive to other teams. If he shuts up and performs this year he can overcome that stuff. if he wants to be mad, he should can the agent that didn’t include the type of incentives that allowed Adrian to be satisfied with his rookie deal.

  29. aldavis4president says: Jun 19, 2012 3:53 PM

    Look at it this way…you get a new job (drafted) and ur starting pay iz 15$ (400-900k)..after a few months ur job starts giving u more and more responsibilities (wr,rb,kr,pr) and you excell in all of those areas…and no raise? While ur coworker iz making more den you doing a lot less (Bernard barrian) this iz an extreme contact sport were ur career can end at any point..players give up countless hours to practice to study months w.o seeing loved ones..if the player has earned it…pay him!!

  30. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 19, 2012 4:11 PM

    purpleguy says:Jun 19, 2012 3:49 PM

    If he performs well this year, he can cash in; otherwise, what is he? A guy Favre made a star (who’s no longer around).
    ________

    His best season was last year, especially the second half. I guess that means Ponder made him a star.

  31. jessethegreat says: Jun 19, 2012 9:11 PM

    purpleguy says: Jun 19, 2012 3:49 PM
    ” and is now whining about his contract is not going to be incredibly attractive to other teams.”
    —————————————————-
    I think most Packers fans would be ecstatic to see our team pick him up… he could immediately plug into our starting hb position.

  32. shaggytoodle says: Jun 19, 2012 10:34 PM

    fwippel says:Jun 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    Uh, boy. As a Viking fan, Harvin was this team’s offensive MVP last year. They can’t afford not to have him on the field this year.

    Harvin came into the league with some major baggage attached. However, he’s proven to be a solid pro who has kept himself out of trouble and given his all on the field.
    ______________________________

    You make a great arguement on why he shouldn’t hold out, he is a SOLID pro (Jordy Nelson). There are plenty of them that don’t hold out, especially at the WR. you only hold out if your skills are so rare that a team has to ante up. Otherwise I think the players look silly for doing so.

    I also don’t believe he was the team MVP, I believe without AP that his production will go down.

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