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Harvin is expected to hold out under current deal

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With so much talk about what the Vikings want to do with receiver Percy Harvin, there hasn’t been much talk about what Harvin wants to do with the Vikings.

And Harvin, at this stage of his career, wants to get paid.

Last year, when Harvin asked for a trade, he wasn’t unhappy with his financial situation.  But he then viewed 2012 as a contract year.  Which means that, even with one year left on his rookie deal, Harvin wants a new contract.

And he could be preparing to take a stand in order to get it.  Per a league source, Harvin currently is expected to stay away from offseason workouts and training camp absent a new deal.

He’s due to make $2.9 million in 2013.  It’s unclear what he wants, but high-end wideouts earn at or about eight figures annually.

And while it’s also unclear whether Harvin wants to stay in Minnesota, whether the Vikings will pay him what he wants surely has a lot to do with whether he’ll want to stay.

Because Harvin has four years of service, he could stay away from training camp and skip up to 10 weeks of the regular season while still getting credit toward the final year of his contract and becoming an unrestricted free agent next year.  Though he would face significant fines and the loss of multiple game checks, a holdout is likely unless he signs a new contract.

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  1. fwippel says: Feb 11, 2013 1:54 PM

    As a Viking fan, the team either needs to pay him or trade him. Letting him go to free agency after next season with nothing in return would be the biggest mistake.

  2. tmhofficial says: Feb 11, 2013 1:54 PM

    Seems legit.

    I’m always so torn on holdouts. One on hand, they should play out their contract, and $2.9 Mill isn’t like some of the rookie deals you here about, because he was a 1st rounder. On the other hand, if he has a major injury, he’s going to lose millions in his next deal.

    And with how often you see owners/General Managers fail to stick to contracts, I see no reason why Percy shouldn’t hold out, he’s earned it.

    Get paid young man, just try to have a better attitude going forward in the locker room and behind the scenes.

  3. themackstrong says: Feb 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    Fans always are quick to get on the “honor your contract” bandwagon and yet those same players can get cut by their teams if injuries slow them down or they struggle. Percy Harvin plays his heart out on the field and was doing everything for Vikings before he got hurt. With their receiver core, why wouldn’t they extend him?

  4. pacific123ocean says: Feb 11, 2013 1:57 PM

    Who is a “league source”? This report lacks credibility, because it has no direct quotes from Percy Harvin or his agent.

  5. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 11, 2013 1:57 PM

    Did he even do anything last year? I thought he had been traded to Seattle.

  6. mavajo says: Feb 11, 2013 1:59 PM

    Lol.

    In four years, Harvin has only once played all 16 games. He’s never eclipsed 1,000 yards. His yards per catch have have declined every season.

    This guy…

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:59 PM

    He should be holding out for a decent QB.

  8. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:59 PM

    It wasn’t about the money, but it really was. I think he gets paid pretty well for how often he plays.

  9. lmoneyfresh says: Feb 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    Shocking. Not really sure what this guy wants anymore. Traded or just paid. Either way I think his days with my vikes are numbered.

  10. fredsingleton says: Feb 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    Just pay him, he deserves it. Was an MVP candidate before his injury and was 2nd in all-purpose yds. He’s entering the prime of his career and plays hard every game. His relationship with Frazier is fine.

    Don’t let him get away, or the Vikings will regret it forever.

  11. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 11, 2013 2:03 PM

    AP is great and possibly super human but he can’t beat teams by himself.

  12. benjgold12 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:04 PM

    “Well this is just shocking!” – No one

  13. dustforvomit says: Feb 11, 2013 2:05 PM

    dammit

  14. hutch119 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:05 PM

    Get out of dodge Percy. Ponder isn’t going anywhere and will take you down with him.

  15. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    677 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2012. $2.9mil sounds right to me.

  16. purplepunisher says: Feb 11, 2013 2:12 PM

    I say pay him the big money on a 3 year deal. Once paid and happy hopefully he can up his game another level and become a leader of the team. If not trade him after 2 years.

  17. vegaskid21 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    As a gator fan, I like Percy, BUT, he is always hurt with Either a bad ankle or migraines. Not proven tough enough to be paid gobs upon gobs of money yet. Great football player when healthy though.

  18. alecanthony says: Feb 11, 2013 2:17 PM

    Vikings should trade Harvin for Fitzgerald, Arizona gets a top tier fast Wide Reciever and Vikings get the true #1 downfield threat reciever they need..makes sense for both teams

  19. bleedinpurple says: Feb 11, 2013 2:17 PM

    Does holding out ever work for anyone?

    Look at Desean Jackson, if we give Percy a big deal, lets hope its not the same story & he dissapears.

  20. theytukrjobs says: Feb 11, 2013 2:19 PM

    It is his 5th season and he’s played well enough to warrant a contract. I’d be shocked if things came to the point where he’s holding out. The team has already came out and said he deserves one, if not in MN then somewhere.

    1) If all the grumblings are true, and Percy really does have problems with the Vikings that can’t be reconciled, then the team should trade him for a 1st rounder to a team that would presumably give him a contract. The Vikings would then have to get some good talent from free agency and/or the draft to replace that void.

    2) If the grumblings are blown out of proportion, then it seems like a good fit for him to stay. The Vikings have invested a lot of practice time into the various plays that only Percy can run effectively. The Vikings need WR’s. Percy probably doesn’t mind playing on a playoff caliber team. Just in terms of business it makes sense for Percy to stay. Fans like him, he’s good, the team is good, and he fits a need.

    I tend to think Percy is just a volotile person. I think his play style reflects his personality. So just because he had some blow ups with the staff doesn’t mean he truly hates them. And he’ll probably have an issue here and there where ever he goes.

    And never has there been talk of Percy being a cancer or bad teammate or anything like that. He just blows up once in a while. He gets a little emotional.

  21. purpleguy says: Feb 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    There’s more Percy speculation that the average nightime news weather report. What we do know is this: (1) the guy is bound to another contract year; (2) the Vikes can tag him in the ensuing year if they want; (3) Percy can hold out if he wants; (4) Percy is a behind-the-scenes pain in the posterior; and (5) they’d still be nuts to trade him (remember what they got for the Moss trade bounty?).

  22. rgtre10 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    Well:

    themackstrong says:
    Feb 11, 2013 1:56 PM
    Fans always are quick to get on the “honor your contract” bandwagon and yet those same players can get cut by their teams if injuries slow them down or they struggle. Percy Harvin plays his heart out on the field and was doing everything for Vikings before he got hurt. With their receiver core, why wouldn’t they extend him?

    _____________________________

    The purpose for going to college is to get an education to better yourself and your potential in the job market…there is no guarantee these guys make it in the NFL or whatever professional sport, that being said I have no patience for the whining that goes on about how much time I have left to play or what if I get injured, well what if you weren’t even drafted then you put that college education to work…for those who fail to take advantage of the college years/education the fault is on none other then themselves.

  23. shaggytoodle says: Feb 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    The best way to avoid this predicament is to not draft these slot/returner in the first round.

    They may not have the great potential that Harvin, but players with versatility can be found in later rounds.

    My biggest knock on him, is when he doesn’t like the coach he seems to give up like the season with Childress.

    My other knock is while he only missed maybe a dozen games in 4 years, he missed a lot of practice. It’s hard to improve when your missing a fair amount of practice.

  24. johnnyqbp says: Feb 11, 2013 2:21 PM

    Did he do anything last year? Just led the league in receptions until he got hurt. Percy is a beast. Only Vikings fans know how much heart this kid has.

  25. skoobyfl says: Feb 11, 2013 2:26 PM

    Buffalo would take him for a 3rd round pick this year.

  26. tjacks7 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:31 PM

    Also, you guys commenting that “always out” with migraines realize he hasn’t had one since Childress left 2 years ago, right?

  27. Max says: Feb 11, 2013 2:32 PM

    This increases the likelyhood of him being traded, but it hurts his trade value as well. Because a new team will now have to agree to a new contract with the player, as well as the trade compensation to the team.

  28. clayrodg says: Feb 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    Lets all be honest with ourselves here, he wants to get paid and he wants a better QB throwing him the ball as well. This is setup for the Patriots to swoop on in and make the perfect trade. They paid Welker 10 mil last year on the franchise tag, he is getting old and they will let him walk. That frees up 10 mil which is exactly in the range Percy wants, and he would have Tom Brady throwing to him. This guy is elite and the only coach and team that can shape his diva attitude up (just like they did with Moss) is the Patriots. Percy on the Patriots seems too perfect to be true.

  29. wiscotom says: Feb 11, 2013 2:37 PM

    As a Packers fan, I love when bad things happen to the Bears or Vikings. However, Percy just needs to shut up and play.
    Coming off an injury, a player shouldn’t have all the leverage. I think it’s best to just trade him at this point. There are a few decent receivers out there. Don’t settle for a diva.

  30. jwcarlson says: Feb 11, 2013 2:42 PM

    fwippel says:
    Feb 11, 2013 1:54 PM
    As a Viking fan, the team either needs to pay him or trade him. Letting him go to free agency after next season with nothing in return would be the biggest mistake.

    ——————————-

    Why is it a big mistake? How much do you really think you’ll get out of him in a trade that amounts to a one year rental? I’m thinking 3rd rounder tops. Probably not even near that.

    If MN is smart in free agency, they let Harvin walk next year to the highest bidder. The following draft they will get a compensatory pick (as long as they don’t go stupid in FA and nullify it). That’s the way great teams develop… especially with divas. Let them walk and take your comp pick. You’re not going to get squat for him in a trade anyway, might as well get a year of production.

  31. ebr362 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:52 PM

    Hey Miami, trade one of your extra 3rds for him and sign Jennings or Wallace, coupled with Bess and Hartline and you have one of the top rcving corps in the league for Tannehill.

  32. rg3sus says: Feb 11, 2013 3:04 PM

    His salary is low this year because like all rookies from the pre mega deal ending era he took all his money up front and now complains. I bet his average salary of signing bonus plus salaries is far greater than his salary this year. But of course he feels under paid now. This hold out stuff really irritates me in this situation.

  33. veence69 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:05 PM

    The Vikings to Percy Harvin: “Shut up and take my money!”

  34. djjackson81 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    Line one Arizona calling….. Here’s a third and a fifth round pick.

  35. rc33 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:12 PM

    It’s a double-whammy for a team trading for him and that’s what makes anything happening unlikely.
    Like the Mike Wallace situation, TEAM X will likely have to give up a reasonably high pick and then enough long-term dollars to make him happy.
    Then there’s taking into account his history of injuries and migraines. Thinking a WR of his quality will be looking for $8M+ per season.
    I’d be shocked if any team agreed to this.

  36. mn2long says: Feb 11, 2013 3:14 PM

    alecanthony says:

    “Vikings should trade Harvin for Fitzgerald, Arizona gets a top tier fast Wide Reciever and Vikings get the true #1 downfield threat reciever they need..makes sense for both teams”

    Please tell me your’re kidding. When has Harvin showed he can stay healthy consistently and perform anywhere near what Fitz does EVERY year?

  37. seals1 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:18 PM

    8,,,,,,,count em,,,,,,,,,,,,,8 figures a year. It’s been nice having Harvin on the team. You can’t go 10+ a year with a guy that looks like a pin ball on every play and hates his current team, QB and coaches.

    I have to admit Percy has turned into one of my favorite players to watch but he has an attitude towards his own team and coaches that is alarming.

    Don’t think I don’t realize Harvin will blow up for whoever he plays for next year but if he wants to go what good is keeping him.

  38. whitemike55 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:21 PM

    I don’t think there is a team with a bigger need than WR, and legitimately “(1) player away” than the Houston Texans.

    As a Texans fan, I’d trade our 27th overall and sign him to a longterm deal. If a deal can’t be reached, I’d be willing to trade a 2nd and make a run at the Superbowl even if we lose him after 1 year.

    Texans won’t find a more dynamic receiver in the draft at 27th spot who needs to be a contributer this coming year.

    Surprise me Texans… Let’s make a deal! If we don’t, Patriots will.

  39. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 11, 2013 3:22 PM

    The problem with paying a guy who is always hurt is that he gets paid whether he plays or not. He might be worth half a mil a game but you can’t pay him like he’s going to play all 16.

  40. jrillah10 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    Trade him to the Bucs.

  41. ttomfor1 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:34 PM

    Here’s the only thing I have about the situation. The Vikings want/need a big time #1 receiver for their offense, not the Percy is not good I think his skill set is very valuable, but the Vikings cannot pay him 10Mil a year and afford to go after another #1 type receiver. If they can get him to sign a deal that makes sence that they could keep him and go after another #1 type receiver that would be the best situation, but if they can’t I do feel they go after a big guy target in free agency and then settling with Jerius Wright to fill in for Percy (Jerius is a legimate replacement but you do definately go backwards in the slot position) – maybe getting some picks later could turn out – I think it all comes down to if the guys go after a big name wide receiver in free agency and get him, and if they do I think Harvin is gone… Harvin would be a beast in a system like New England or anywhere with a great #1 receiver already..

  42. whatjusthapped says: Feb 11, 2013 3:38 PM

    I called this yesterday, there is no way he wants to stay in Minnesota with a QB that throws like a girl. So he holds out hoping for a trade.

    Trades are tough to pull off in today’s NFL and even harder when the player you want to trade is viewed as a diva. The Vikings are basically screwed so its just a question of how much can they get and anybody hoping for anything higher than a third rounder simply doesn’t understand the concept of leverage, or in the Vikings case, lack thereof.

  43. lostsok says: Feb 11, 2013 3:43 PM

    Nobody is going to trade a 1st for Harvin. Period. You don’t trade a 1st for an oft-injured, chemistry-questionable slot receiver.

    Two 2nds, ala Brandon Marshall, maybe. BIG maybe. More like a 3rd and a conditional pick.

    Harvin is dangerous, but, like Tedd Ginn, he was way over-drafted.

  44. moneey31 says: Feb 11, 2013 4:07 PM

    lostsok says:
    Feb 11, 2013 3:43 PM
    Nobody is going to trade a 1st for Harvin. Period. You don’t trade a 1st for an oft-injured, chemistry-questionable slot receiver.

    Two 2nds, ala Brandon Marshall, maybe. BIG maybe. More like a 3rd and a conditional pick.

    Harvin is dangerous, but, like Tedd Ginn, he was way over-drafted.
    —————————————————-
    Harvin was R.O.Y. and a pro bowler his rookie year, how the hell was he over- drafted????THis kid was a MVP talent before he got hurt, he is well worth the money. You put him in the slot and give him a qb and he will destroy. Imagine him taking Wes Welker’s spot in NE, with Brady at qb. He is like Welker accept waaay stronger, faster, and meaner..That chip he has on his shoulder, comes out every game, on the field

  45. rc33 says: Feb 11, 2013 4:13 PM

    The Minnesota-to-Boston pipeline has already brought in Randy Moss, David Ortiz and Kevin Garnett.
    Room for one more, I’m sure.

  46. jason1214 says: Feb 11, 2013 4:22 PM

    They went 5-2 without him, goodbye Percy, you are a pain in the butt. Personally I don’t think he is worth the big money. Newsflash, new contracts are the only leverage teams have for players. Yes, I’m a Vikings fan, but I’m telling ya, he isn’t worth the $$$.

  47. coolzog says: Feb 11, 2013 4:27 PM

    “As a Viking fan, the team either needs to pay him or trade him. Letting him go to free agency after next season with nothing in return would be the biggest mistake.”

    The reality is, if he hold out, he’ll never hit free agency. And even if he comes back in time (so that his last year of his contract actually counts towards free agency), we can always tag him.

    He has no leverage, and I seriously doubt we’d ever allow him to go for nothing.

  48. coolzog says: Feb 11, 2013 4:29 PM

    “He is like Welker accept waaay stronger, faster, and meaner..That chip he has on his shoulder, comes out every game, on the field”

    But Welker is actually on the field…

  49. jprcox says: Feb 11, 2013 4:48 PM

    Vikings just need to deal with it one way or the other quickly. The last thing you want is for the situation to sour and end up in a position where you can’t undo and “unsay” what you have said.

    Its too bad that neither teams and/or players honor their word anymore. The business side of this is always tough, and I no longer blame the player or the team. Fans are the only loyal parties in the game anymore.

  50. packhater1 says: Feb 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    Here is an idea!! Lets just get rid of anyone on the vikings team that disagrees with Rick Spielman or Frazier on the fact that Christian Ponder is not an NFL QB! Seriously, Harvin is the best pound for pound player in the league!

  51. packersfansuck says: Feb 11, 2013 5:09 PM

    Thank you Rick Spielman! You friggin jerk. Again you will destroy this franchise like you did with the dolphins.

  52. pillowporkers says: Feb 11, 2013 5:12 PM

    This is exactly why Percy Harvin will end up being traded. The Vikes can’t afford to give $10mil money to a guy that’s production we don’t need due to another guy already getting paid $10+mil on their roster.
    Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson are two great players. Both of them need to get the ball a lot to be effective because they both grind down defenses, and defenders hate tackling them. The more touches, the more effective they get (Percy is unlike Randy Moss in his prime, a different type of electric player that only needed 5 touches in a game to be deadly). Percy is basically a RB at the WR position. He’s a ball control guy through the air. He doesn’t drop passes, and is the best in the league after the catch. This, in turn, is why these two actually work against each other in a lot of ways.
    2011: Adrian Peterson gets hurt. After that, Percy started going nuts. In the 10 games Adrian played 4 quarters, Percy averaged 59.6 YPG. In the 6 games Adrian didn’t play a full game, Percy averaged 119.3 YPG. The numbers are night and day.
    2012: Adrian Peterson is slow at the beginning of the season, and Percy picked up the slack in a big way. Second half of the year, Percy Harvin is gone, then Adrian’s numbers start going through the roof, including all 3 of his 200 yard games. In the 9 games Percy played this year, Adrian averaged 106 YPG. In the 7 Percy didn’t play, Adrian averaged 163 YPG.
    The average NFL offense gets 60 plays on offense in a game. With Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson, you ideally would like to get Adrian 30 touches and Percy 15 touches. The fact is is defenders are too good in the NFL, and running 75% of an offense through two guys just doesn’t work. Someone isn’t going to hit their numbers, or the Vikings will be running the most predictable offense ever ran. You need to have more mystery than that.
    You don’t pay two guys 10+ million to cut into each other, especially if without one, the one 10+mil guy can provenly pick up the slack where the other is missing. The Vikes save 10mil by letting Percy go, with losing minimal value when Adrian’s healthy, and gain a few top 3 round picks in the process.

  53. packersfansuck says: Feb 11, 2013 5:14 PM

    Spielman and Ponder will destroy this team. At least Harvin has the balls to tell Lezlie that the QB point blank sucks.

  54. joshanderson1 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:22 PM

    “there hasn’t been much talk about what Harvin wants to do with the Vikings.” And….there still isn’t. This is a meaningless article. No offense. Just write about the league’s MVP if you want to write about the Vikes so much :)

  55. stevincinci says: Feb 11, 2013 7:05 PM

    He’s such a headache. (bad stab at humor)

  56. dolphins512 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:21 PM

    I like Harvin as a player. Great hands, explosive speed…someone you need to game plan against. However he is a headcase and that is a major distraction for the Vikes.

    The vikings have a lot of needs and current projections have them 16 million under the cap for 2013. This is a tough one….but I think I make him play out the final year of his contract. He is disgruntled, alienated his teammates by his tirade against Leslie Frazier and misses a lot of time. Put that $16 Million to work brining in additional talent and you can always franchise tag him next year if necessary.

  57. ajsjr40 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:30 PM

    My guess is a second round pick from the Pats ought to get it done. The Pats give him Welkers money and pick up seven years in age.

  58. landof10000lakes says: Feb 11, 2013 8:21 PM

    No way you get a 2nd round pick with teams knowing he wants out. Best case we get a third. Trade him and move on, he’s played his last game in purple.

  59. bdnnbd says: Feb 11, 2013 8:44 PM

    Who are these people claiming Percy as injury prone? He’s missed many a practice but are they unaware that prior to this aberrant season, he has missed 3 games total in his career? Furthermore, suggesting he’s worth a mere 2nd or 3rd round draft pick is simply ignorant. Prior to injury this season (and AP’s ascension to beast mode), he was a serious contender in the MVP race, and arguably the most dangerous offensive weapon not only in Minnesota but in the NFL. He’s a threat to score on any given play in the pass, run, and return game. Anything less than a 1st and a 4th would be poor trade. He really, really pissed me off this year…but pay that man his money and move on.

  60. landof10000lakes says: Feb 11, 2013 9:32 PM

    He do you get a 1st and a 4th when everybody knows he’ll refuse to play for the Vikes? He’ll holdout for the year and them sign somewhere as a free agent. Might as well get something for him and move on.

  61. ejmat2 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:17 AM

    What still cracks me up is how some people get on Harvin for “how often he plays”. Prior to this injury which would put many players out especially if they need their ankles to be efficient, Harvin only missed 3 games in his career since 2009. THREE. That’s all. Everyone makes it sound like the guy is out half the time. He’s not. 3 games in 3 years is not alot. Get off his case about not playing because it simply is not true.

  62. teamlebronmvp says: Feb 12, 2013 3:11 PM

    Percy might as well get out of MN while he’s still young. He shouldn’t waste most of his career here like KG did. All MN teams are cursed ever since that “Joe Smith under the table deal” went bad. Matter of fact AP might as well leave after his contract is up too! I’m a die hard Vikings/T-wolves fan but it is what it is…obviously the only athletes in MN that brings home the Gold is the women/Lynx…

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