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Signs point to Percy Harvin leaving Vikings

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In June, receiver Percy Harvin asked the Vikings to trade him.  He later changed his mind.

Now, his mind could be changing back again.

In the aftermath of a report this week from Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com that Harvin and coach Leslie Frazier engaged in a “heated exchange” before Harvin’s placement on injured reserve, there is plenty of scuttlebutt regarding the question of whether Harvin will ask again to be traded — and whether this time the Vikings will decide to grant his request.

Though he is one of the best offensive players in the league, Harvin has been a headache for the Vikings for most of his career.  He battled with former coach Brad Childress, and the fact that Harvin has gotten under the skin of current coach Leslie Frazier, who is as even-keeled and low key as any coach at any level of the sport, speaks volumes to the problems Percy has caused.

Then there’s the fact that he surely will want to be paid huge money before his rookie contract expires after the 2013 season, and that’s an investment the Vikings may not want to make.

Harvin’s salary expectations won’t make it any easier to trade him.  At a minimum, what the next team will have to pay Harvin likely will reduce whatever package is available to Minnesota in the form of pick(s) or player(s).

As the Vikings push toward the postseason without Percy, they may decide that, in the long run, they’re better off without him.

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51 Responses to “Signs point to Percy Harvin leaving Vikings”
  1. socalraider909 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:35 PM

    He should come to Oakland

  2. sledgehorn says: Dec 23, 2012 7:36 PM

    “Harvin has been a headache for the Vikings for most of his career”

    Quality line there, very funny.

  3. packhawk04 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:39 PM

    Paul charchian had tweeted a few weeks ago that he was put on injured reserve because the vikes are done with him after harvin called frazier every name in the book yet again, and the vikes were done with him

  4. beedubyatoo says: Dec 23, 2012 7:43 PM

    The Minnesota football Vikings are a headache for the twin cities and the taxpayers of Minnesota.

  5. waggie21 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:45 PM

    Trade Harvin for Larry Fitzgerald. It won’t happen, but a boy can dream.

  6. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:46 PM

    Isn’t this the kind of story that can wait til March?

    The stadium issue is resolved, we’ll need something to talk about other than Ponder and the draft.

  7. kennyrogerschicken says: Dec 23, 2012 7:46 PM

    Maybe he’ll go to a team that has a good quarterback. Or an average one. Or a quarterback that’s not completely terrible.

  8. evangelcomes says: Dec 23, 2012 7:50 PM

    This is a business, the only way Harvin goes is if its best for the team, he hasn’t been that big a distraction. This league pays for production and Harvin’s an earner; the biggest snag is Harvin may not want to play with Ponder, that could lead to the two parting ways.

  9. jakec4 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:51 PM

    If they want a trade partner is it wise to air all of their dirty laundry? It isn’t like they’re so loaded at receiver that they can let a former first rounder just walk for nothing.

    New York Jets bound probably for two first rounders.

  10. sameer1138 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:52 PM

    Trade him to Jacksonville. Tebow, Harvin, Blackmon — heck, if they bring in Chip Kelly to coach that might be a heck of a combination. Yeah, right.

  11. torontofalcon says: Dec 23, 2012 7:55 PM

    Trade him to the Rams for one of their first round picks. Use that to draft Keenan Allen or Tavon Austin, also maybe sign greg jennings in the offseason.

  12. lnfinite says: Dec 23, 2012 7:56 PM

    Reading tea leaves yet again Mike? Pathetic! The news I got from reliable sources on KFAN is that there is ligament problems with Percy and why he was placed on IR. Do a little more research before speculating and fanning the rumor fire like you did last summer.

    Chances are this will get deleted so I will save this response.

  13. truthserum4u says: Dec 23, 2012 7:59 PM

    These things have a way of calming down over time, and there’s plenty of time before any decisions need to be made. However, any team looking to add Harvin won’t have any issues with contract demands. Harvin’s talent and youth should bring a very nice return should they go that route, I still think he’s wearing a Viking jersey next year.

  14. vikingjedi says: Dec 23, 2012 8:02 PM

    Didn’t the Vikings already learn their lesson when they traded Moss away in 2005? How did that work out? You never trade away elite WR’s in their prime. Harvin should be a Viking for life. Pay the man!

  15. kenorv says: Dec 23, 2012 8:06 PM

    One of the red flags that came up with Harvin in the draft was that he lived in Percy World. I guess that still hasn’t changed.

  16. tipdrill84 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:06 PM

    Jaguars are in need of some buzz. A Tebow-Harvin reunion would certainly accomplish that.

  17. sc5000 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:07 PM

    All you garbage franchises (you know who you are) need to get a grip. He doesn’t want to leave one sideshow for another. He wants to play for a team that can get him the ball and win. He wants to come to Denver. Perfect situation.

  18. darkneptune73 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:12 PM

    I click the link thinking there was significant news on Harvin’s future. Instead, it’s nothing more than speculation. Wake me up Florio when some news leaks CONFIRMING Harvin leaving. Thank you.

  19. richiesaurus310 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:14 PM

    This has Raiders written all over it.

  20. skolvikes says: Dec 23, 2012 8:16 PM

    @lnfinite

    It’s pretty well known that he tore a ligament. You don’t need “reliable sources” to know that. It was a 4-6 week injury that occurred in week 8, do the math, that wouldn’t mean IR. This isn’t about the injury.

    He’s had these same problems for quite some time, evidently the Vikings are sick of dealing with it. I don’t think this is going to be something that’s just going to work itself out. I can’t see him being in purple next year. Just hoping they can get some value for him, as he is an absolute beast on Sundays.

  21. conormacleod says: Dec 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    Ridiculous. He will sign a big extension this off season and all will be well. What, he was such a headache this year that Frazier designed the passing game around him? Yep, sounds like the team hates him. Percy just wants to win. I’ll take 53 of him on game days. Oh, and you don’t trade a 1st round pick that’s in his prime for a 1st round draft choice people!!! Call me when you’re offering two first rounders as a starting offer.

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:32 PM

    4 years and he still hasn’t had a 1000 yard receiving season. Nice player, but you can’t depend on him for too much.

  23. thejuddstir says: Dec 23, 2012 8:34 PM

    IF and that’s a big IF Harvin is traded, my money would be to a team like the Pats. Belichek has always cut players at a time when they seem to still have great value but are getting long in the tooth. Welker is the perfect example and the Pat’s franchised him last year, meaning they don’t want to give him the big money and long term contract. Harvin plays the slot like Welker and adds a dimension to the run game also. It would get Harvin out of the NFC and one of the Pat’s TE’s would be a great fit for Minny.

  24. fm31970 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:35 PM

    A trade to the Patriots would be perfect. They know how to deal with egos, they’ll pay him, and he can step right in and replace Welker…plus the Pats would probably give up a first round pick for him. A win-win.

  25. purplepunisher says: Dec 23, 2012 8:35 PM

    I love how all you guys rip the Vikings franchise and their players but as soon as their is a rumor one of our players may become available you all froth all over yourself at the thought Vikings players on your team.

  26. sterling7 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:39 PM

    As great as a talent as Percy Harvin is-he is flat out a pain in the ass. As a college football fanatic as well as NFL fanatic I have seen Harvin with these temp tantrums. Trade him and get value for him because he is not worth it. Isn’t he the one who grabbed his college position player by the throat? He’s another one of those many endless players who doesn’t realize how lucky he is to be in the position he is in today. I would like to see the Vikings go deep into the payoffs through some miracle of God just to show Percy Harvin how much the team does not need him and hopefully he can look in the mirror and see just what a pain in the butt jerk he really is!

  27. bennyb82 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:41 PM

    Titus young and cliff avril for percy harvin….

  28. vikesfansteve says: Dec 23, 2012 9:21 PM

    The Vikings may trade him for a 1 and use the money slotted for him to go after Mike Wallace and Bowe and sign Jennings as a third since there is no way they would keep Jenkins and Aromashadou.

  29. source7769 says: Dec 23, 2012 9:24 PM

    keep dreaming people they wouldnt get anything higher than a 5th for him and that wont happen you may get lucky and trade him to detroit for titus young but detroit isnt paying him either

  30. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 23, 2012 9:28 PM

    You just get the feeling Harvin is a ticking time bomb. There are stories about this guy during his time in Florida that are pretty reckless.

    I would demand, minimum, a top ten pick for him. He is that good. Hopefully Peterson can maybe step in and calm Harvin down a little bit because he is a bundle of talent and elite skill.

  31. pack13queens0 says: Dec 23, 2012 9:28 PM

    He’s leaving the Vikings because they’re still in Minnesota. He would have stayed if they could move to LA where they belong.

  32. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 23, 2012 9:32 PM

    So many receivers are going to be available this year, I would definitely explore getting rid of him now for something rather than next year for nothing. Jennings, Wallace, bowe, Fitzgerald may demand a trade. Huge market.

  33. fdugrad says: Dec 23, 2012 9:34 PM

    How can current players watch ex ballers such as TO, VY and Chad whose lives are spiraling out of control, PRIMARILY due to behavioral issues of their own choosing and learn absolutely NOTHING?! All three of these former players would give five years of their lives for one more year on an NFL roster, and Harvin can’t see himself in their examples. As the Billy Joel phrase goes: “Oh it’s good to be a young man and to live the life you please, yes a young man is the king of every kingdom that he sees, but there’s an old and feeble man not far behind and he surely will catch up to you somewhere along the line.” Percy–in the NFL it catches up MUCH more quickly, ESPECIALLY when you act the fool! Just ask the above three “old men.”

  34. fuzzytaint says: Dec 23, 2012 9:45 PM

    His name should be puzzy harvin.

    If it ain’t a fake headache it’s vag crampin’ the guy’s always got something to skip practice over.

    Why do wr’s have to be such idiots in general?

  35. lordfletcher says: Dec 23, 2012 9:56 PM

    as a Vikings fan I really want to keep Harvin but I do believe he could be worth more in a trade than his value is to the Vikings on the field…. Harvin is a game changer, just one that I don’t think is the best fit for the Vikings… We have our workhorse in AP /AD and we desperately need a #1WR but could easily be okay with us trading him for Multiple picks….. If they can trade him for a pick that would give them a chance at Manti Te’o or future picks with a team like the Jets / Jaguars / Raiders / Bills / etc….. make the trade

  36. bigbluenationdb says: Dec 23, 2012 10:24 PM

    He is nothing but a diva. Even in high school here in Virginia he was a head ache to his team. At Florida, Urban Myers had his nose so far up Harvins a$$. He has never been held accountable for anything.

  37. wludford says: Dec 23, 2012 11:25 PM

    I think Percy Harvin needs to channel his desire to win in the right way, and to have patience and remember it is a long season.

    If the Vikings make the playoffs without Harvin, he may wish he played his cards differently. Perhaps he’ll realize that and resign with the Vikings.

  38. n001363 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:42 PM

    Percy is on the verge of having one mediocre season and finding himself out of favor with coaches and GM’s everywhere. We’ve all seen it before. He’ll be traded, he’ll be good for a couple years, then he’ll be playing anywhere he can for the money he can get. They go from cant live without them to can’t remember them. Thats why I love this league.

  39. matthewcarlson1 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:33 AM

    Percy is arguably the best athlete in the NFL. But having said that he is a huge crybaby and he’s never played a full 16 game season before. If you want to act like Randy Moss you have to produce like Randy Moss first.

  40. larrydavid7000 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:17 AM

    All I can say is welcome to D.C. !!!!!!

  41. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 24, 2012 5:17 AM

    Can anyone remember a former viking that has ever performed well with his next team?

    It just doesn’t happen.

  42. ob1canobie says: Dec 24, 2012 8:42 AM

    He choked out one of his coaches in college. Frazier played the peacemaker when Childress was around. Now he cant get along with one of the easiest coaches in the world to get along with? He is gone, much as I hate that fact. Problem is everyone in the league knew this about him coming into the NFL and is has only gotten worse since he has been here. He could be going to the playoffs and instead is on injured reserve. He will find somewhere to go, but they would be idiots to give the Vikings that much or give him any kind of contract that his skills would be worth were it not for his mouth…

  43. stellarperformance says: Dec 24, 2012 9:46 AM

    Harvin and Favre still talk to each other. Favre recently called him and advised that he immediately begin to look for team that he would prefer to play on than his own.

  44. ejmat2 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:48 AM

    source7769 says:
    Dec 23, 2012 9:24 PM
    keep dreaming people they wouldnt get anything higher than a 5th for him and that wont happen you may get lucky and trade him to detroit for titus young but detroit isnt paying him either
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    5th rounder? Really? What world are you living in? At very worst, he is worth a second rounder. He was in the MVP talks until his injury. Since when is an MVP candidate only worth a 5th rounder?

  45. lordfletcher says: Dec 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    at the very worst he is worth a top 7 pick in the first round. Don’t kid yourselves folks… percy is extremely valuable and desired He was drafted 22nd and has only increased his value. Percy was considered the MVP of the league by week 5… He is a game changer and there is no one else like him in the NFL… He obviously has his down sides but there are plenty of GM’s willing to take the risk and or think they can motivate / change him… Teams like the Raiders / Chargers / Jets easily come to mind as trading partners for top picks in the next draft or the jets with multiple picks!!!!! Percy will be franchised before they just “give” him away…. wake up people

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    Re: lordfletcher says: Dec 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    “at the very worst he is worth a top 7 pick in the first round. Don’t kid yourselves folks… percy is extremely valuable and desired He was drafted 22nd and has only increased his value. Percy was considered the MVP of the league by week 5… He is a game changer and there is no one else like him in the NFL.”

    Are you really talking about Percy Harvin of the Vikings? After 4 years in the NFL, he doesn’t have even one 1000 yard receiving year to show for it.

    If his production was anywhere near all the hype, he’d be worth a lot more.

  47. ejmat2 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:23 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Dec 24, 2012 12:00 PM
    Re: lordfletcher says: Dec 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    “at the very worst he is worth a top 7 pick in the first round. Don’t kid yourselves folks… percy is extremely valuable and desired He was drafted 22nd and has only increased his value. Percy was considered the MVP of the league by week 5… He is a game changer and there is no one else like him in the NFL.”

    Are you really talking about Percy Harvin of the Vikings? After 4 years in the NFL, he doesn’t have even one 1000 yard receiving year to show for it.

    If his production was anywhere near all the hype, he’d be worth a lot more.
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    Nor has he had a QB to throw him the ball other than Brett Favre his rookie season. Brett threw most of his passes to Sidney Rice so having a non 1000 yard season means nothing. If you watch Percy play, he plays with all heart and makes the most out of every play. Instead of looking at one statistic, look at the entire picture. Statistics don’t tell the entire story. Look at his kick return yardage. Look at his rushing yardage. Look at his YAC. It’s not his fault his current QB doesn’t know how to throw the ball more than 5 yards. Once you look all of that up then come speak your spew.

  48. thefox61 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:38 PM

    Come to Seattle Mr. Harvin.

  49. cluelessdufus says: Dec 25, 2012 5:24 AM

    You guys team make it sound easy. Harvin is not going anywhere. He wants too much for any team to take him and Vikings won’t give him up for anything but a first round pick. To remind you he is also a restricted free agent Vikings can just tag or let him go but like the Mike Wallace situation if he went to a different team they would give up there first round pick.

  50. stump92 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:04 PM

    I wouln’t be surprised if the Vikes send Percy to Miami. Dolphins need a #1 WR, Philbin knows him from playing against him when he was with the Packers, Dolphins have an extra 2nd round pick due to the Vontae Davis trade earlier in the season and the obvious Spielman/Dolphin connection. Vikes could use the money they save on Percy to sign either Bowe or Wallace in FA then draft another top reciever in 1rst or 2nd round in 2013.

  51. oldlineman says: Jan 19, 2013 5:41 AM

    If any teams can draft a college player anywhere near Percy Harvins talent level/big play ability in the entire 1st or 2nd Rd., good luck. A former 1st (22nd) who dropped from pot use, and has never had a issue w/drugs while a pro. Young (24 yrs.), clean knees, and a beast on the field. Anything but a #1 is laughable, only the morons wish something Gold for their team for nothing. Vike’s GM will keep Percy if no #1. Thats OK.

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