Earlier today, I challenged Paul Allen of KFAN to get something fresh from NFL MVP Adrian Peterson during a visit from Peterson to Allen’s weekday radio show.
He asked Peterson about Percy Harvin, specifically whether the Vikings will or should trade the 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year. Peterson said he’s not sure what the team will do, but that he never would do that deal.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know if we will or not,” Peterson said. “But me, individually, and giving you my opinion, I wouldn’t trade him. I wouldn’t trade him. But that’s just me and my opinion. To do the the things that he’s able to do, I don’t think there will be a player able to do it better than him. Ever. He does so much, and there will never be a player who will do it better than him.”
Still, it’s clear that Adrian doesn’t know what will happen, primarily because he doesn’t know what Percy is thinking. “I haven’t really had the opportunity to talk to him much,” Peterson said. “But I always look at what you can get from a person, and I know it comes with, ‘OK, you gotta deal with this, or deal with that,’ but I always feel like that person can overcome whatever it is that they might be struggling with.”
That implies plenty. Percy Harvin, in Peterson’s view, apparently is “struggling with” something that Peterson believes Percy can overcome. If that something with which Percy is struggling is a desire to play for a new team, whether or not Percy overcomes it will go a long way toward resolving this specific situation.