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Report: Harvin could be seeking Megatron/Fitzgerald money

Percy Harvin, Christian Ponder AP

We reported on Monday that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is planning to hold out if he doesn’t get a long-term deal from the team this offseason, something that could be complicated by his reported contract demands.

Josina Anderson of ESPN.com spoke to a “high-ranking Vikings source” about Harvin and the source said he didn’t think a holdout would solve Harvin’s contract desires. That’s because of Harvin’s lack of leverage in the situation, but the standoff could also be impacted by the fact that Harvin apparently sees himself in the same class with Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson as the best wideouts in the NFL.

“[Harvin] is a star player in our league, but I would imagine that he sees himself in the class of the top wide receivers in our league,” the source said. “I do know at his production, when he was healthy, he was producing along with Larry and Calvin and those guys. I could see Harvin’s agent making the argument that he deserves their type of pay.”

He can make any argument he likes, but it’s hard to put Harvin in that kind of company based on their careers to this point. Harvin does many things well, but he doesn’t overwhelm defenses the way the other two men have done in their careers. Johnson just signed an eight-year, $150.5 million deal before the 2012 season and Fitzgerald is in the middle of his own eight-year, $128.5 million deal with plenty of guaranteed money in both cases.

If Harvin really is looking for that kind of money, his chances of getting a contract with the Vikings aren’t too hot. They probably won’t look any better to another team, which could mean this saga has a while to play out.

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64 Responses to “Report: Harvin could be seeking Megatron/Fitzgerald money”
  1. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Feb 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    Umm.. Seriously?

  2. cfmaguire9 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    “Report: 32 NFL owners ROFL’ing at Percy Harvin”

  3. acerockefellar says: Feb 13, 2013 3:18 PM

    Weird, Im seeking Megatron/fitzgerald money too.

  4. enochmh2 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:18 PM

    Percy i love your play man but you’re not on that level yet

  5. doshawnx says: Feb 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    Harvin is full of talent, but he has done nothing to deserve over 100 million

  6. hutch119 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:20 PM

    Megatron and Fitz aren’t worth Megatron and Fitz money.

    This is foolish.

    The 5 years 55 million VJax got sounds about right. Maybe a little less due to the injury thing as I don’t think VJax has ever missed time due to injury.

  7. snarcasms says: Feb 13, 2013 3:21 PM

    He needs to seek a clue.

    This is more absurd than Flacco wanting top QB money, which is beyond ignorant.

  8. pillowporkers says: Feb 13, 2013 3:22 PM

    I hope we can get something for the guy. It’s just not realistic to pay him this with Adrian here. I’ve done my research, and i’m fairly confident in my findings that the Vikings would be the only team in the league paying 2 non-QBs $10mil+. Florio you should check this.

  9. purplegreenandgold says: Feb 13, 2013 3:22 PM

    art of negotiation 101: start high

  10. kidpresentable says: Feb 13, 2013 3:22 PM

    I thought his issues were migraines, not concussions.

  11. ccjcsr says: Feb 13, 2013 3:23 PM

    Overrated!

  12. chawk12thman says: Feb 13, 2013 3:24 PM

    Flynn goes to Vikings and Harvin to Seahawks. Seahawks will give him 5 year $115,500 deal after they trade for him. A significant portion of the deal will be incentive/performance based.

  13. cbs1971 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:28 PM

    “Harvin could be seeking Megatron/Fitzgerald money”

    Quick…someone throw some water on his face….cause Harvin is dreaming again.

    Like others have already said, he’s good, but he’s not worthy to be mentioned in the same sentence as Fitz and Megatron..

    Just saying…..

  14. kevinwi says: Feb 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    and of course the title is Harvin “could” not Harvin “is”. More speculation by the media. No facts in evidence.

  15. donterrelli says: Feb 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    One thing he has against him is his bad attitude. That coupled with his lack of respect for coaches would/should never earn him that kind of money.

    Oh yeah, and those “migranes” he has when he doesn’t get his way.

  16. blackngold4life says: Feb 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    I like Havin..but the NFL pays by what they think you can bring in the future not the past..He was having his best season BEFORE he got hurt..missd almost half the year..I see the franchise tag in his future just like the Steelers did Mike Wallace.He’ll get paid eventually, but it wont be what he wants. ” Fitzgerald or Megatron” $ those two guys are the cream of the crop.

  17. specialkgun says: Feb 13, 2013 3:31 PM

    Let me get this straight.

    A guy who has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season in the NFL and hasn’t caught more than 6 TD passes in a season could be seeking Megatron/Fitzgerald money? Seems reasonable.

    Pay the man.

  18. finfan1354 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:31 PM

    I think all those migranes have messed his head up

  19. diabetic1010 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:31 PM

    Mega and Fitz= ELITE level talents, they stay on the field, and no egos

    Harvin= High level talent on a team full with mid level talent (minus AP of course), injury prone, and has more baggage than American Airlines.

    Good luck bud….there’s always the skins when looking for overpriced contracts!

  20. dcfan21 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:33 PM

    I doubt Harvin is asking for that. However I do believe his Agent is asking for that. Ofcourse his Agent would request something like that because he works of commision!!

    It’s just an arbitrary starting point for negotiations. Harvin will sign of any something like what Pierre Garcon signed with the Redskin last offseason, 5yr $43M.

  21. deltaoracle says: Feb 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    This is why teams ask all sorts of “inappropriate” questions at the combine and some won’t take a chance on guys with character issues. Take a headcase and give him lots of money, you just get a wealthier headcase.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 13, 2013 3:37 PM

    The contract will be similar in value to Calvin and Larry’s, but in consideration of Percy’s stature, it will be much shorter.

  23. maddenisfordorks says: Feb 13, 2013 3:37 PM

    Megatron is an imaginary alien/robot.

    He doesn’t need money.

  24. Ponder This says: Feb 13, 2013 3:41 PM

    So an unnamed source speculates that Harvin’s agent could make the argument that he deserves Fitzy/Johnson money? Pardon me if I don’t rip Harvin for being delusional until he says it himself.

  25. watchdawg1103 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:43 PM

    Megatron and Fitz are in a league of their own as far as receivers go. Harvin is good when healthy but not worth that much. I can see someone giving him $50-60 million over 4-6 years though. Anything close to or over $100 million is laughable.

  26. gbpicksix says: Feb 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    Basically Harvin, much like Mike Wallace, is a Wide receiver who doesn’t care if he is ever playing for a winning team again. Last time I checked, the two teams (Cardinals and Lions) who pay their starting wide outs like they are starting Quarterbacks haven’t exactly been the most fun two teams to play for losing all the time.

  27. phillyfan97 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    What a coincidence, I was to.

  28. greenmtnboy31 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    snarcasms says:
    Feb 13, 2013 3:21 PM

    This is more absurd than Flacco wanting top QB money, which is beyond ignorant.
    ___________________________________________

    Beyond ignorance is making a statement like the above statement after Flacco had another great season capped by being the SB MVP. He’s brought his team to the playoffs and won more games in the past five years than other “top” QB’s. Flacco is one of the top three QB’s in the league and that is why he WILL get top QB money honey.

  29. vikingsvoice says: Feb 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    Ugh…As a Vikings fan I hate hearing this. However, you put Harvin on the Pats and I’m not sure he wouldn’t be the most productive WR in the league, statistically by the end of the year. Hell, prior to injury he was on pace for 110 catches for 1200+ yards and 5 TDs. That’s with Ponder as his QB in a run first offense.

    He’s not the same type of WR as Fitz or Calvin, but I think he can be every bit as productive.

  30. rc33 says: Feb 13, 2013 3:53 PM

    If those are his demands it’ll be next to impossible for Minnesota to get anything of note for him.
    How about, more realistically, Harvin accpts Gronkowski money; 6 years/$56M. That may not get it done but at least it doesn’t come off as delusional.

  31. forty9asty says: Feb 13, 2013 3:53 PM

    chawk12thman says:
    Feb 13, 2013 3:24 PM
    Flynn goes to Vikings and Harvin to Seahawks. Seahawks will give him 5 year $115,500 deal after they trade for him.

    Umm…sorry buddy, I don’t know the cost of living up there in rainy Seattle, but EVEN I wouldn’t accept a deal playing pro football for that kind of money…

    And I was hoping the 9ers would take a run at him this offseason, but same situation as Mike Wallace…other people have to agree with your perceived value of yourself…nobody is gonna pay him that kind of money

  32. thepoliticalfirebrand says: Feb 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    Do a contract like Revis’. You play well for 3-4 years and the contract voids.

  33. surfoside4life says: Feb 13, 2013 4:00 PM

    liabilities don’t deserve that much money

  34. pgcubano says: Feb 13, 2013 4:01 PM

    haha good luck with that

  35. walker615 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    ^flacco is one of the top 3 QBs in the league???

    LMAO. Gosh are ravens fans sore winners. Look, I gained some serious respect for flacco this postseason. He is clutch and has a huge arm.

    But that doesn’t erase the fact that he was pedestrian during the regular season.. And to be top 3, you must think he is better than manning, Rodgers, or Brady. Which one? (Or Brees for that matter, who I can’t stand).

  36. rcali says: Feb 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    Solid player when healthy but you get the whole package with this guy. I feel like there are fewer teams willing to pay out big money to the headache type players these days.

  37. hehateme2 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    Delusional…. this guy deserves the jests. Wonder how’ll he like sanchez throwing 5 yards over/under his head.
    Maybe teblow can skip a couple off the turf to him. Ponder is looking better I think.

  38. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    I’d need that much to play in Minnesota, too.

  39. 6superbowls says: Feb 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    Who IS Percy Harvin? What position does he play? Isn’t he that H-Back?

  40. robert831 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:11 PM

    He is a top 5-10 receiver in the league, but no way he gets what Calvin and Fitz are paid. He was an MVP candidate before his injury this year. The Vikings need to pay him accordingly. This is all speculation thou, he hasn’t asked for that as far as we know.

  41. landof10000lakes says: Feb 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    That wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Harvin is very emotional and unpredictable and clearly he has no intention of playing for the Vikes, unless he gets this kind of money. So, he is almost certainly gone.

    Birk and now Harvin. Crazy that two of our most talented players can’t wait to get out of Minnesota.

  42. kbtegp says: Feb 13, 2013 4:26 PM

    Both Megatron and Fitzgerald are class acts which adds to their value immeasurably. Harvin is nowhere close in skill or class.

  43. thejohnsmith1122 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    If he actually played a full season and keeps producing then yea, maybe he does deserve “close” to that kind of money. But I think this is his way of getting out of MN.

  44. vikingcole says: Feb 13, 2013 4:30 PM

    Harvin is more of a headache than his migraines.. Trade him. We proved we could win without him. Trade him then sign a running back that has really good hands n put him at wide-out.

  45. fallcoon says: Feb 13, 2013 4:32 PM

    Umm, let’s see here. One more year on his current contract. Vikes use a couple of frachise tags?
    Harvin isn’t going anywhere.

  46. vikingcole says: Feb 13, 2013 4:32 PM

    Trade him to a bottom-feeder so we get some good picks n he is left with no super bowl.

  47. noring4youstill says: Feb 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    Bye Bye.

  48. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    Harvin is more delusional than you vike fans who think you could ever win the Super Bowl.

  49. steelers4385 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    Lol. Whatever man.

  50. fwippel says: Feb 13, 2013 4:37 PM

    Harvin is valuable, but he’s not going to get that kind of money from any team except maybe Washington.

    Thing is, what that probably means is Harvin plays out the final year of his contract (after skipping all non-mandatory mini-camps), hits the open market next year, and lands a much bigger contract, but not this kind of money. Only Dan Snyder would be careless enough to pay out like that.

    Sorry, but if I’m the Vikings, and this is true, and open to any prospective trade talks.

  51. jibzek says: Feb 13, 2013 4:40 PM

    His contract sounds like a “headache.”
    He’s good but would you pay $10 mill a year for a guy who can only play 8 games a year?

  52. vegaskid21 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:41 PM

    All those migraines has made Percy crazy!!!

  53. granadafan says: Feb 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    1) Harvin is not worth it based on his production, diva attitude, and injuries (real and not so real). 2) Megatron is a fool and Harvin would be a fool for signing a very long term contract 5 years plus. In a few years, as the NFL makes billions more, the cap is going to go higher and other receivers will soon surpass those contracts. Then Megatron and Harvin will be pulling a Revis or MJD and whining that they are underpaid.

  54. tformation says: Feb 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    Browns, perhaps? Are they willing to gamble that much?

    As a Bears fan, I hope so. Harvin may not be in Megatron’s league, but he doesn’t suck either. I’ll tell you that. I’ll breathe easier with him out of the NFC North.

  55. brownoholic says: Feb 13, 2013 5:01 PM

    I keep feeling the Bengals landing him. In spite of Mike Brown being a tight wad…

    Man, that’s a scary thought…

  56. halohonk says: Feb 13, 2013 5:11 PM

    Trade this headache!

  57. shaggytoodle says: Feb 13, 2013 5:21 PM

    Vikings are foolish if they give it to him. I understand he produces.

    He has never had 1000 yrds receiving.

    He has never had 10 TDs in a season.

  58. anarchopurplism says: Feb 13, 2013 6:04 PM

    Talk to the hand Percy…..

  59. lolo376 says: Feb 13, 2013 6:10 PM

    He’s not a top 5 receiver and can’t stay healthy! Good luck

  60. normdogg says: Feb 13, 2013 8:28 PM

    He should be seeking Titus Young money, we all know hes better than Calvin anyday.

  61. raiderapologist says: Feb 13, 2013 9:32 PM

    Harvin is a matchup nightmare for defenses and a coaching nightmare in his spare time. He is one of those guys that will wear a few different jerseys during his career.

  62. cmonelisha says: Feb 13, 2013 11:12 PM

    whats with these short, annoying recievers who think there equal or better to calvin johnson.. i mean i dont understand it. are they taking drugs, are they drinking to much, not enough o2 to the brain.. i mean i cant imagine whos hyping these players up to think there rly that good..

    ull prob get 5-6 mil a yr and like it loll
    unless u piss more ppl off then they will both get the T.O treatment

  63. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    Sounds like he’s been spending too much of his free time hanging out with Jerome Simpson.

  64. vikingdoode says: Feb 15, 2013 9:41 AM

    Jerry Jones will fall in love with this guy….

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