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Percy Harvin absent from Vikings afternoon practice

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It was a busy day of news on the Percy Harvin front and it got busier on Wednesday afternoon when Harvin skipped practice at the Vikings’ mandatory minicamp.

Harvin was present at a walkthrough on Wednesday morning, but was nowhere to be seen during practice. Unless the Vikings excused his absence, Harvin could be fined for skipping the practice. Coach Leslie Frazier said he didn’t know if Harvin, who reportedly requested a trade a day after hinting at a training camp holdout, would be with the team on Thursday before trying to turn attention away from the missing wide receiver.

“Percy’s a great football player. He’s been a great football player for our team and done a lot of big things for us. But I don’t want to take the focus off of these guys that are working as hard as they’re working here at our mandatory minicamp. To have the type of participation that we have and guys giving the effort that they’ve been giving … I don’t want to center it on one person.”

General Manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday that the team wouldn’t trade Harvin, who is believed to want both a new contract and a bigger role on the team’s offense. Harvin has two years left on his rookie deal and is set to make $915,000 this season. He’s hinted at a training camp holdout, something that seems more possible after his failure to practice on Wednesday.

The Vikings can’t afford not to have Harvin on their offense this season, something that Harvin surely knows as he plots his next move. And, based on all that’s gone down in the last couple of days, there will be a next move.

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28 Responses to “Percy Harvin absent from Vikings afternoon practice”
  1. urcrap says: Jun 20, 2012 7:41 PM

    Work it out and get a new deal done! Percy is worth the investment albeit the headache stuff. Get him the money and get him into the offense big time including returns! Unlike Moss, this dog will hunt!!!!

  2. jimbo75025 says: Jun 20, 2012 7:51 PM

    He was a beast in a small body his rookie year with Favre throwing to him but couldn’t get his migraines under control. Now the headaches are fixed but he has been fairly quiet the last 2 years. I see another DeSean Jackson situation coming. Sad as Percy has handled himself quite well as a pro until this.

  3. eaststsfb says: Jun 20, 2012 7:52 PM

    I understand that Harvin has probably outplayed his contract but the bottom line is he signed the contract. IT’S A CONTRACT!!!!! He should feel obligated to the Vikings and their fans to honor it instead of acting like a spoiled child. I know there is probably much more to the story but is this the right way to show your anger??? Comon Percy, be a man about it stop putting yourself before the team. The name on the front of the jersey means a hell of alot more than the one on the back.

  4. monkeyhateclean says: Jun 20, 2012 7:58 PM

    The Vikings without Harvin: 4-12 instead of 5-11. Harvin without the Vikings: no salary, huge fines, and his reputation as a professional, “team first” guy completely soiled.

    He and his agent ought to know he has zero leverage to force a trade, so going public like this to try and strong-arm a new contract is completely mystifying…

  5. eaststsfb says: Jun 20, 2012 8:05 PM

    I understand that Harvin has probably outplayed his contract but the bottom line is he signed the contract. IT’S A CONTRACT!!!!! He should feel obligated to the Vikings and their fans to honor it instead of acting like a spoiled child. I know there is probably much more to the story but is this the right way to show your anger??? Comon Percy, be a man about it stop putting yourself before the team. The name on the front of the jersey means a hell of alot more than the one on the back.

  6. allnightdwight says: Jun 20, 2012 8:10 PM

    Start him at defensive tackle

  7. thepvyharvin says: Jun 20, 2012 8:17 PM

    One of the best threats in the NFL,,,Spielman,we are watching you. Handle this right and keep Percy in purple!

  8. KIR says: Jun 20, 2012 8:22 PM

    Best thing to do is to walkout right before preseason game #3. You don’t lose as much money and then that puts the pressure on the team if you’re a star player who can’t be replaced.

  9. jchap00 says: Jun 20, 2012 8:22 PM

    This is ridiculous! Adrian Peterson worked his a** off for 4 years, never made a peep about his contract and was rewarded with a new contract with a year left on his deal. Percy has been in the league for 3 years and has multiple years left on his contract and he pulls this! AP is 10x the player Percy is. Percy – SHUT UP AND PLAY!

  10. brobokil says: Jun 20, 2012 8:35 PM

    “One of the best threats in the NFL,,,Spielman,we are watching you. Handle this right and keep Percy in purple!”

    Don’t put this on Spielman. He has done wonders for this team over the years. No one should be caving in to a young reciever, though proven, showing that he is not team first.

    I’m a huge fan of Percy Harvin, and he DOES deserve a bigger contract, and definately should have been played more than he was last year.

    But here’s why people LOVE AP to this day: He is a class-act.

    When Adrian Peterson knew that he was worth more than his contract, he acted like a man, put his team first, trusted in his bosses, and now he has a, what, 6-7 year extension, worth tens of millions of dollars.

    Percy, don’t be immature. ANYONE who doesn’t show up to work is immature.

    I might have to replace my revered Harvin jersey *sigh*.

  11. sabatimus says: Jun 20, 2012 8:52 PM

    And so it begins.

  12. detroitrollin22 says: Jun 20, 2012 8:53 PM

    this is going to get ugly

  13. grandpoopah says: Jun 20, 2012 8:57 PM

    “The Vikings can’t afford not to have Harvin on their offense next season…”

    Sure they can. It’s not like they’re going to compete this season, so what’s the difference whether they have Harvin or not? 3-13 vs. 6-10? Personally, I’d take 3-13 and the higher draft pick.

  14. textexington says: Jun 20, 2012 8:59 PM

    It’s the Viqueefs! They’re not even a real team.LOLZ.Go Pack Go!!!

  15. jessethegreat says: Jun 20, 2012 9:00 PM

    jchap00 says: Jun 20, 2012 8:22 PM

    This is ridiculous! Adrian Peterson worked his a** off for 4 years, never made a peep about his contract and was rewarded with a new contract with a year left on his deal. Percy has been in the league for 3 years and has multiple years left on his contract and he pulls this! AP is 10x the player Percy is. Percy – SHUT UP AND PLAY!
    —————————————————-
    I’m with you on this, but in fairness to Percy, AD signed a top 10 contract when rookie contracts were still huge. AD’s rookie deal was for 3x as much as Percy’s.

  16. mjkelly77 says: Jun 20, 2012 9:00 PM

    He means business. Vikes better trade him.

  17. sterling7 says: Jun 20, 2012 9:01 PM

    Maybe he just had another headache?

  18. racksie says: Jun 20, 2012 9:02 PM

    Anyone who thinks this is just about money is mistaken. This is about role on the team. And I’m going to guess a Quarterback. And the fact he doesn’t want to practice on Wednesdays. He took the afternoon off, and hey, look, it’s WEDNESDAY! He was probably tired because I think he practiced on Wednesday twice last season. He’s selfish. But if he thinks that he’s going to call the shots eh is as wrong as every other malcontent athlete in the world. GM’s really don’t like this crap. And will prove it to him.

  19. rubberinnertube says: Jun 20, 2012 9:11 PM

    I get it. I don’t like it as a fan, but I get it. The owners can’t have it both ways…without guaranteed contracts players are continually going to try to better their payday.

    To those of you who argue that he’s already made millions and that he should be happy to play a game for a million dollars this season…get real. If in your chosen vocation you only worked for 5-10 years as opposed to “normal” retirement age, you can’t actually tell anyone straight-faced that you wouldn’t try to leverage every possible dollar during that truncated timeframe. Especially when you’re talking millions instead of a dollar or two extra per hour. It’s easy to say from the couch that it’s a contract and that he should play it out, but the vast majority of people out there would be fighting for what they believe to be fair compensation.

    Again, as a fan I hate it, but it’s pretty logical if you separate yourself from it from emotion and fandom.

    It’s capitalism people, plain and simple. We reward skill and are subject to supply and demand. Harvin should maximize the demand for his product (himself) before his supply of talent disappears with age.

  20. xrateplaya says: Jun 20, 2012 9:42 PM

    Why don’t he go ahead and say it.. He wants out because who wants to live in Minnesota.. Nobody

  21. chatham10 says: Jun 20, 2012 10:24 PM

    They all say “it is not about the money”, it is always about the money. The people not attending the different workouts is because they want more money and Harvin and his agent is no different.

  22. leroysbutler says: Jun 20, 2012 10:30 PM

    What a headache he is.

  23. conormacleod says: Jun 20, 2012 11:17 PM

    It’s not about the money, it’s about respect. And the way to get respect is to be paid! Wait. I guess it is about the money.

  24. pack13queens0 says: Jun 20, 2012 11:25 PM

    If the Queens would have been able to move to LA he probably would have stayed with the team. Nobody likes boring Minnesota.

  25. letsgosjsharks says: Jun 21, 2012 12:40 AM

    Trade him for Mike Wallace already!

  26. lionsfan415 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:34 AM

    Lol vikings lol, joke

  27. chatham10 says: Jun 21, 2012 8:34 AM

    The big news about Harvin not showing up, the Vikings made a big mistake when they let Favre show up whenever he wanted too and OTA’s and summer camp were part of his no show.

  28. randy8123 says: Jun 21, 2012 9:24 AM

    jimbo75025 says:

    Jun 20, 2012 7:51 PM
    He was a beast in a small body his rookie year with Favre throwing to him but couldn’t get his migraines under control. Now the headaches are fixed but he has been fairly quiet the last 2 years. I see another DeSean Jackson situation coming. Sad as Percy has handled himself quite well as a pro until this.

    Only quiet because he plays in Minny. Harvin had 1300 yards from scrimmage last year, and that was with McBounce Pass under center for five weeks, and then a rook.

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