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Spielman says Vikings have “no intent” to trade Harvin

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At this point in the offseason, teams can’t talk in absolutes.

And Vikings general manager Rick Spielman absolutely wasn’t going to box himself in when asked about Percy Harvin.

Asked three times about the future of the disgruntled wideout during his interview at the NFL Scouting Combine, Spielman said each time the team had “no intent” to trade him.

Of course, saying that doesn’t mean much, as an admission that he was actively shopping Harvin rather than giving him a new deal would cause the value of the asset to plummet.

What Spielman intends is to maximize the value, either by finding a way to keep a dynamic player or to get a solid return for him.

Harvin isn’t saying much at the moment either, which helps the process as well. The moment either side starts spouting off, the harder it gets for anyone to get what they want.

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30 Responses to “Spielman says Vikings have “no intent” to trade Harvin”
  1. dirtyjersey9er says: Feb 21, 2013 1:08 PM

    Spielman was later quoted saying “they fell for it right guys?”

  2. rc33 says: Feb 21, 2013 1:08 PM

    They’ll trade him; no one wants an unhappy camper hanging around, especially one that’s spent at least one season expressing his displeasure. Spielman’s also gotta remember whoever trades for Harvin also has to pay him the big bucks Minnesota’s reluctant to. If he can get a second round pick, even a late one, he should happily accept it.

  3. purplepunisher says: Feb 21, 2013 1:19 PM

    I have been watching the NFL for over 40 years and Percey is a special talent that doesn’t come around often. I would hate to lose him but if he truly wants out of Minnesota the Vikings have proven they can beat quality teams without him. But the only way we don’t force him to stay a Viking for at least another 2 seasons is if we get fair value and fair value for this kind of rare player is at least a #1 In the top half of the draft as well as #3 or any combinations that matches that value.

  4. coolzog says: Feb 21, 2013 1:20 PM

    Wasn’t this reported like a week ago?

  5. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    Harvin is overrated, and doesn’t deserve elite money. He hasn’t had 1000 yards receiving. He also hasn’t had double digit TDs in a season.

    He isn’t a #1 receiver.

  6. tannethrill says: Feb 21, 2013 1:23 PM

    Not sure why this ball is ending up in the Vikes end of the court on this?

    Has Harvin even said he wants to be traded?

  7. Ponder This says: Feb 21, 2013 1:26 PM

    Is there even the remotest possibility that they won’t trade Harvin or that Harvin isn’t asking for $150 million?

  8. dafedub says: Feb 21, 2013 1:26 PM

    I trust in Spielman to make the best of the situation. So far he has been a great gm. But I really don’t wanna see Percy go. He may be only 5’11″, but he will leave behind Big Big shoes to fill and I don’t think we can replace him in the draft.

  9. woodstakes2 says: Feb 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    *Suppose to say 800 return yards.. Not rushing Opps!*

  10. northfootball89 says: Feb 21, 2013 1:41 PM

    Wow havent heard this news before…

  11. landof10000lakes says: Feb 21, 2013 1:55 PM

    Percy Harvin has played his last game in purple. I said it before and I’ll say it again. Vikes coaching staff and management needs to examine how this situation occurred and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Ridiculous that they seem to have lost one of the most talented WRs in the NFL. And one of their draftees no less.

  12. jrmbadger says: Feb 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    Harvin’s a solid player who has some explosiveness and would be an asset to a team with the right offense, but he doesn’t strike me as a #1 WR type of guy.

    He just doesn’t strike me as the guy who can dominate an opponent on offense. Looking through his career, I only see one game where I’d really say he clearly “dominated” and that was @ Denver in 2011 where he had 156 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

  13. fumblenuts says: Feb 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    Call up the Seahawks!

  14. vik3z says: Feb 21, 2013 2:15 PM

    you guys in the media are ridiculous, this has been a non-story since the FIRST time rick spielman said he had no intent to trade harvin. nobody from the vikings has said anything about trading percy harvin yet everybody in the media is obsessing over it. until it happens leave this alone. this article has basically told us, “just like last week, and 2 months ago, nothing has changed on the harvin front.”

  15. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2013 2:29 PM

    jrmbadger says: Feb 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    Harvin’s a solid player who has some explosiveness and would be an asset to a team with the right offense, but he doesn’t strike me as a #1 WR type of guy.

    __________

    I completely agree, I don’t get what all the hype is about this guy. They have a RB that carried the team to the playoffs.

    The Vikings will not get to the Superbowl if they tie too much $ with Harvin. While wasting Peterson’s prime.

  16. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 21, 2013 3:20 PM

    i look forward to seeing this headline sometime next week as well, but a different picture. that’s always nice.

  17. voiceofsweetness says: Feb 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    Harvin is a amazing talent. His of-field issues, locker room antics and primarily his migraine issue’s ( couple concussions and he may become javid best and never get cleared) pretty much handcuff any real value in trading for him. It will be a big enough risk to the team that deals for him to have the big contract demands to deal with. They won’t add huge draft picks to their worries. I see a mid 2nd early 3rd round pick getting it done.

  18. purpleguy says: Feb 21, 2013 3:34 PM

    Despite the media’s efforts to exacerbate the situation, at least the team and Harvin are shutting their yappers, refusing to fuel the fire, and dealing with this internally — something a couple teams (cough. . Jets, Cowboys. . .) should consider.

  19. skinsnhoyas says: Feb 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    Harvin is a game changer and I would love to see him in a Skin’s jersey.

  20. bikeman53 says: Feb 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    People saying vikings don’t want to pay Harvin need to go look at how we operate. We don’t talk contract extension before the players final season. Period! Adrian Peterson signed his new contract the day before 2011 season(his final year on contract) started.

    That being said, William Percival Harvin III does not deserve to be paid like the top WR’s. He is not a stretch the field #1 WR, he is a slot guy that you get the ball to in space, he has only played 1 full season, has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season, never had double digit TD’s(including rushing and return) do I think he deserves more than the $3 million he’s getting this season? Yes, but no more than $7-8 Million a year.

  21. vikingsimmortality says: Feb 21, 2013 3:49 PM

    While I agree Percy isn’t a typical #1 WR, why no one has mentioned how he is an elite kick returner, can line up and be an effective change of pace RB, or stretch the field while being one of the games best slot receivers is a bit confusing. His value lies in the multitude of positions that he executes at a high level. Now, do you want to hand a mound of cash over to a guy who openly is at odds with the team/QB, or do you maximize his value and plug other needs? That is the argument….discuss.

  22. vikefan says: Feb 21, 2013 3:59 PM

    Harvin’s a solid player who has some explosiveness and would be an asset to a team with the right offense, but he doesn’t strike me as a #1 WR type of guy.

    He just doesn’t strike me as the guy who can dominate an opponent on offense. Looking through his career, I only see one game where I’d really say he clearly “dominated” and that was @ Denver in 2011 where he had 156 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
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    then u did not see any of the first 5 games of the vikings this past season…him & rookie kicker blair walsh were the only reasons they one any and all 5 b4 he got hurt and AD carried the team the last 4 games alone. he wasnt in contention for NFL MVP for no reason. ONLY guy in NFL that can take a 5 yard pass and turn it into 30 yard gain in 3 seconds.

  23. thefnlimit says: Feb 21, 2013 4:15 PM

    Please don’t, I would live it if we could retain talent instead of letting them walk. Harvin is a fantastic football player. Keep those types of players. He’s not a diva. He’s hardly hurt. You migraine talking rubes don’t get it. Outside of being in IR last year he has hardly missed any time. Ship out Ponder and Webb. Don’t get rid of one of the good guys.

  24. paulcanavati says: Feb 21, 2013 4:16 PM

    I’m a big Vikings fan and you can’t deny Harvin’s game-changing ability. He has singlehandedly won games for us in the past, and will do so for us or another team in the future. That said, he can’t expect Fitzgerald or Johnson money. They are traditional #1 OUTSIDE WRs. Harvin is not. Hopefully they upgrade outside WR so Harvin can do what he does best and go over the middle, like in ’09.

  25. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2013 5:50 PM

    If the Vikings give him an elite kr salary then its ok but it sounds like he wants way more. I think they should wait and see what guys like Wallace and Jennings get in FA and they should pay him based on those numbers.

  26. mediasloppy says: Feb 21, 2013 8:13 PM

    Saying Harvin is overrated, is about as dumb as saying Steve Smith was overrated as a WR in his prime.

    Both those guys stretch the field, play awesome in the slot, be used as RB’s and return kicks.

  27. purplepunisher says: Feb 21, 2013 9:03 PM

    I am sure if Speilman called up Billy B in New England and said do you want to trade Harvin for Welker? Billy would fall out of his chair and have Welker on the next plane out of town! Now with that said don’t you think Harvin deserves around 10 million a year, just like the pats have been paying Welker who has no where near the wide receiver talent that Percey Harvin has let alone the kick returner and running back talent.

  28. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2013 9:31 PM

    mediasloppy says: Feb 21, 2013 8:13 PM

    Saying Harvin is overrated, is about as dumb as saying Steve Smith was overrated as a WR in his prime.

    Both those guys stretch the field, play awesome in the slot, be used as RB’s and return kicks.
    _______

    Comparing Steve Smith to Harvin is foolish. Smith is twice the WR Harvin has shown himself to be.

    Steve Smith has had 1000 yards 6 of the last 8 years, and has been a true #1 WR without teammates drawing coverage away from him, and run game that I would call not as good Minn. and I would argue that he did it with a worse QB most of those years.

  29. purplehaze12 says: Feb 22, 2013 12:09 AM

    This is Adrian’s team!
    –he thinks he’s the alpha dog???
    …um, no!

  30. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    The Harvin distraction is probably a very welcome one for Spielman, because he’d otherwise be spending the entire offseason defending his selection of Ponder.

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