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Vikings grew tired of Harvin complaining about Ponder

Percy Harvin, Christian Ponder AP

Publicly, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said repeatedly that he didn’t want the team to trade receiver Percy Harvin. Privately, Harvin’s complaints about Ponder were apparently a significant factor in the team’s decision that Harvin had to go.

After the Vikings agreed to trade Harvin to the Seahawks, Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reported that the last straw from the Vikings’ perspective is that Harvin complained that Ponder was not good enough.

Harvin certainly can’t say Ponder wasn’t getting him the ball: Harvin had 62 catches before he suffered a season-ending injury in Week Nine, so Ponder was putting the ball in Harvin’s hands repeatedly. But Ponder did struggle at times during his second pro season, and it’s not particularly surprising that Harvin was getting frustrated.

The question in Seattle is whether Harvin will keep complaining, or whether Russell Wilson will prove to be the kind of quarterback who can keep Harvin happy. If Harvin is a happy camper who keeps his nose clean, he’s one of the best playmakers in the NFL with the ball in his hands. What Harvin will want Wilson to do is get the ball in his hands regularly.

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  1. Duke says: Mar 12, 2013 12:29 PM

    Seattle is the better team for now, but I Minnesota is making some savvy moves.

  2. skittlesareyum says: Mar 12, 2013 12:29 PM

    As a Packers fan, I’d like to make some snide comment about not blaming Harvin. But the fact is, even if Ponder is the second coming of Ryan Leaf you don’t do things to the detriment of your team. You don’t like your QB? I’m sure Rodgers doesn’t like his offensive line, yet he isn’t asking out of Green Bay.

  3. kevinwi says: Mar 12, 2013 12:30 PM

    Yeah…if anyone has reason to complain, it is Larry Fitzgerald, but he never has. Harvin has no class.

  4. dluxxx says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    Harvin wasn’t saying anything that most Viking fans weren’t already saying. But it is bad form to bad mouth a teamate.

  5. spellingcops says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    Ponder does suck. That said, Harvin is a whiny little B. Just shut up and do your “job” of playing a game for a living.

  6. hutch119 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    I would have grown tired of Christian Ponders awful play if I was the Vikings.

    Good work Vikings. Ditch your 2nd best player instead of a truly terrible QB.

  7. landof10000lakes says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    Maybe that should have gone the other way….

  8. jtbaudendistel says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    Vikings growing tired of Ponder complaining about Ponder.

  9. cobibones13 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    well ponder does suck. Wilson as a rookie was definitely better than him, and probably will be for the rest of their careers.

  10. kayakattack says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    Cane you really blame him?

  11. ShimSham says: Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald is still on the Cardinals.

  12. farmmbig says: Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    I’m growing tired of the media reporting on Harvin.

  13. therealraider says: Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    Any man named “Christian” should be assumed weak and soft.

  14. wludford says: Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    If the Seattle offensive does not revolve around Percy Harvin, he will be a locker room cancer.

    He didn’t like playing second-fiddle to MVPeterson in Minnesota. Remember how POed he got with the video showing AP beating him in a running race in pre-season?

    Truth is, while Ponder is not an elite QB, he got Percy the ball. It’s unlikely Harvin is gonna see more touches than he got in Minnesota.

  15. blacknole08 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    This is real funny coming from Harvin. He never cared about Tebow throwing him the ball in college.

  16. blacknole08 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    Speaking of which, could it also be that he didn’t want a Nole as his QB? You know how high maintainence those former Gators can be.

  17. glac1 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    Pacific Northwest is a much better place to live them Minnesota. Percy did well!

  18. trippymane says: Mar 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    Lol don’t even put Russell Wilson and Christian Ponder in the same sentence please, Thank You.

  19. joshhatesthesteelers says: Mar 12, 2013 12:34 PM

    Im thinking Christian Ponder is some what underrated

  20. vaphinfan says: Mar 12, 2013 12:34 PM

    He’s one of those guys that always has something to complain about.

  21. kylexitron says: Mar 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    I’m surprised that Vikings fans have so much venom for Harvin for pointing out that the QB situation isn’t good; what else do you think would motivate the Vikings to actually re-evaluate the position, or was I the only one watching Ponder and Webb play last year?

    They are not very good. You can laud guys like Fitzgerald all you want too, but lets not forget Fitz had some great years with Warner tossing him the ball.

    Harvin had one year with a good QB in Favre, since then what’s he had and where has the Vikings QB trend gone? down the toilet.

    Lets all blame harvin though for wanting to be on a competitive team…

  22. robertocfg says: Mar 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    I’m sure getting a 2013 1st and 7th round picks along with a 2014 mid-round pick, for a very skilled player that spends half the season injured or with a headache, had something to do with that decision as well.

  23. jetstizzi85 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    Truth is, both teams made out very good. Harvin gets a fresh start with Seattle and the Viks get some nice draft pieces.

  24. MasMacho says: Mar 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    In related news, the Vikings have elected to ban internet & television at all facilities, due to the incessant complaining about Christian Ponder and its negative effect on the team.

    Dennis Rodman is en route to proclaim friendship with the troubled organization.

  25. erndeezy says: Mar 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    Didn’t this guy have Tim Tebow throwing to him before?

  26. bobonmycob says: Mar 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    When Wilson fails to the deliver the ball just like Ponder did what is going to happen? get out the popcorn folks Seattle may be a good show to watch LOL

  27. logicailvoicesays says: Mar 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    Unless your time is the Redskins with RG3 as QB get used to WR complaining about your QB. Redskins will dominate Super Bowls for the next 15 years. Every WR wants to play with RG3. HTTR.

  28. logicailvoicesays says: Mar 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    Even Russell Wilson doesn’t belong in the same league as RG3. HTTR.

  29. punkscotty says: Mar 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    I can see tomorrow’ headline already:

    “Vikings grow tired of FANS complaining about Ponder”

  30. justafanofitall says: Mar 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    The thing is…Vikings won without him. What did he think he was the #1 on the team and they couldn’t win without him. Think again Harvin. Yes…Ponder will never be a Brett Fave but he got you the ball. Maybe he tried to go to you too much and that’s why he struggled at times. Spreading the ball around is the best thing for an offense.

  31. gdeli says: Mar 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    Harvin was right on the $. Ponder couldn’t even get a short pass to Percy or threw over his head or to the end zone and out of bounds to players. Pathetic! This whole thing makes me sick. A.P. was right, my stomach feels punched too!

  32. trollhammer20 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    Harvin’s average target in 2012 was four yards downfield. His average catch was in the region of two yards downfield, with eight of his ten average YPC coming in the form of RAC. Something like 677 receiving yards, over 500 of them after the catch.

    And people are wondering why he was frustrated…

  33. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    Yeah! Hope he likes Flynn, because running qbs don’t last.

  34. love49ers says: Mar 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    I agree with kevinwi, Larry Fitzgerald has every right to complain since the Cards haven’t been able to replace Kurt Warner with anything close to servicable. But I can’t help but wonder what his numbers would be like if he had anything close to a decent QB. He is waisting away in AZ now and by the time his contract is up he will surely be past his prime. I hate complaining but I wouldn’t blame him if he asked out of town, which dissing any of his teammates or the team.

  35. CKL says: Mar 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    Seattle is a talented but young team. Usually it doesn’t work out really well when you bring a selfish bleepity bleep to a team like that. We’ll see. One thing I know is with those high maintenane guys on offense you’d better have a hell of a leader at QB. That they do have.

  36. lonespeed says: Mar 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    Call him a whiner, maybe he is. Call him difficult, maybe he is. But Minnesota so under-utilized Harvin in his time there.

    I don’t know about last year, but two seasons ago they pulled him off the field for 40% of the plays and that was just absurd. Even if you’re not going to use him, you never take a threat like that off the field because it keeps the defense honest.

    I like Christian Ponder, but let’s be honest, he’s not in the top-15 of quarterbacks in the NFL. If you’ve got Adrian Peterson (as well as a good backup), a great offensive line, and Percy Harvin, then you should be scoring a lot more than Minnesota has been under Ponder.

  37. mnrube23 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    Seattle Vikings strike again. Not happy Percy is gone and not sure if its a good move, but we will see in about a month and a half.

  38. trojan33sc says: Mar 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    Harvin’s behavior is reminding me a great deal of the negative comments made about a young Randy Moss. Valid or not, this will come back to bite him in the “kush-kush” when his next contract pops up and nobody wants to sign him !!

  39. wingz101 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    Ponder was bad throwing downfield. And they might be going after Mike Wallace who is just a straight line guy … they don’t think Wallace will flip out when he keep getting hammered because he has to wait on lobs from Ponder??

  40. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 12, 2013 12:43 PM

    Seattle gave up a king’s ransom for a malcontent with mental problems as well as being more brittle than a chandelier!

    Keep ‘em comin Sneaky Pete!

  41. themackstrong says: Mar 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    Viking fans face it Ponder is terrible. The box is loaded unlike anything in modern football and he still can’t hit guys that are open. I remember many of you calling for Joe Webb late in the season. If he was such a bad teammate why is MVP AD hurt that he is no longer with the team? Enjoy the first round pick – I am sure there will be something talented enough to replace him. Wilson – Harvin are going to be something special. Seattle fans are happy giving up the 25th pick.

  42. tjacks7 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    ah, great.. so trade the all-pro receiver and keep the sucky, noodle arm quarterback. great work Spielman! idiot!!

    you do realize that other receivers realize Ponder is terrible and won’t want to sign here, right?

  43. earlcampbellrules says: Mar 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    I don’t blame Percy at all. Watching Ponder try to play is downright painful.

  44. wtfchiefs says: Mar 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    Does that mean every Vikings fan on the planet will be traded to Seattle too?

  45. riseabovecancer says: Mar 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    Dude, Christian Ponder sucks. He is like Jon Kitna and Ryan Leaf and David Carr.

    Best year that Percy Harvin had was when Brett Farve was in town.

  46. kane337 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Harvin gets to complain about Wilson now.

  47. lyfestiles206 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Burelson, Rice, Harvin

    Min is Sea’s WR developmental team.

  48. ningenito78 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    If everybody doesn’t see where Harvin’s career is heading they don’t pay attention to football.

  49. vikesfan4life says: Mar 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Percy will only be happy with one QB throwing him the ball… Brett Favre. Seattle will get a happy Percy for a year or two but eventually he’ll go back to his same biotch self.

  50. bonersoup says: Mar 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    This guy is the ultimate diva and team cancer. I have a feeling we may be looking at T.O 2.0

  51. chawk12thman says: Mar 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    I wonder how much public complaining he really did? Can’t find much except press blogs. He was a bad teammate? Can’t find much except a few comments in blogs. Heated confrontation with coach? Yes; frustrated and shouldn’t happen but demonstrates competitiveness.

    If he is as bad as some of you want to make out you can bet he either changes or will be quickly moved by the Seattle front office. They have gotten rid of others that weren’t right for their locker room.

    Odds are this will be a good trade but only time will tell. Right now, I’m excited.

  52. blackfootkiller says: Mar 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    I still haven’t heard any of his teammates say Harvin was a ‘Locker Room Cancer’…
    Just misinformed fans…
    Ponder isn’t a very good QB…
    They REALLY reached for this guy…
    I think the fact that Ponder has a weak arm, has accuracy issues, and lays his receivers out to take big hits, probably had something to do with Harvin’s opinion…
    He won’t have to put up with any of that in Seattle…
    Go Hawks!

  53. steelerdynasty2010 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    a gator doesnt think a ‘nole is good enough?……color me shocked

  54. annes22 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    How much longer do we have to listen to Percy Harvin news??? We know he’s been traded, can we now quit. Harvin was hurt last season, had migranes frequently and doesn’t stop moaning, so good luck to Seattle, and let’s get over it all. It’s boring after 24 hours listening to the same old story.

  55. tjacks7 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    So you’re telling me an elite receiver isn’t ecstatic that his QB went multiple games throwing for less than 70 yards and/or less that a 10 QBR? Color me surprised!

  56. roadbiscuit says: Mar 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    Harvin never went public with it. Ponder is Spielman’s QB and he went all in. Horrible mismanagement.

  57. dcviking says: Mar 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    Ponder is no great quarterback, and Harvin is a tremendous talent —- one that is not easily replaced. I’m sure he will do great in Seattle, until things stop going well.

    However, it did seem to me that once Harvin was out of the lineup, Ponder seemed more at ease and either because Harvin wasn’t there or because he was forced to, did a better job getting the ball distributed to more players.

    I hate to seem him go, but Harvin wasn’t going to help the Vikings anymore.

  58. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    Viking fans have assured me that there was no proof of Harvin complaining about Ponder, so this is just another instance of the Sid Hartman led media lying about the Vikings.

  59. riseabovecancer says: Mar 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    Percy Harvin is going to have a break out year probably better then the one when Brett Farve was in town with Russell Wilson throwing the ball his way…Also if Harvin can stay away from those migraine headaches.

  60. tombstone7 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:51 PM

    Smells like a DIVA is on its way to Seattle.

    Good luck Russell Wilson.

  61. anicra says: Mar 12, 2013 12:52 PM

    Comparing Harvin situation to Fitzgerald isnt quiet the same. Fitzgerald had Warner for 4 years and even in 2011 the Cardinal still threw for almost 4k passing yards. Sure last year the Cardinals sux’d however Minnesota going forward with Ponder might end after this year. Viking fans were screaming for a QB change after Week 8. Yet, they need another option at QB after the playoff game.

    That being said I hate when this junk comes out publicly. There is always complaints when so and so leaves one team.

  62. pacific123ocean says: Mar 12, 2013 12:53 PM

    Where is this report coming from? I am not doubting it’s truth…but, just curious to the source. Is it a player, coach, or agent that is leaking this to a Yahoo reporter?

  63. stlunatik says: Mar 12, 2013 12:55 PM

    Harvin and Golden Tate will be tripping over each others egos

  64. cobibones13 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:56 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM
    This is real funny coming from Harvin. He never cared about Tebow throwing him the ball in college.

    ——–

    did you ever watch college football? Tebow was awesome in college and could always get him the ball when he needed to.

  65. cmonelisha says: Mar 12, 2013 12:56 PM

    the instant harvins skills decline, and with the amount of hits his little body takes along with his headache issues (literally and figurativly) hes going to be gone and no team will take this big mouth ..clearly ppl like him and titus havnt learned from t.o and ocho cinco

  66. benchmcnabb says: Mar 12, 2013 1:00 PM

    Vikings should have done a better job dealing with a Harvin and not waiting to last min for a new contract. Sehawks got one hell of a great player even though he complains now and then.

  67. itsnolen says: Mar 12, 2013 1:00 PM

    That Florida State/Florida rivalry just never dies…

  68. peachypete says: Mar 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    To be fair to Harvin, it isn’t like he publicly bashed a teammate. There’s really nothing wrong with telling your bosses behind close doors that you don’t think someone is good enough. If a respected player did that, they’d be hailed as “putting the team first”, but Harvin’s being painted as a malcontent (which might be 100% accurate), so it’s taken as more proof of that.

    It’s also pretty convenient that this comes out the day after he was traded. It’s ironic that Harvin is getting crap for stuff he said in private, while everyone ignores that someone with the team leaked his private thoughts in an effort to damage his reputation after he was traded.

  69. rightwingguy says: Mar 12, 2013 1:04 PM

    Eli manning Aaron Rodgers and Peyton all played like crap the first couple yrs. While I’m not saying Ponder is these guys but atleast give him a chance. He and Adrian did lead the Vikes to the playoffs last year without Percy in case everyone forgot. I like Percy alot, but he’s Seattles headache now. Seattle got fleeced in that trade. He will be happy maybe one yr.

  70. darkneptune73 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:05 PM

    I think Harvin seeing the Vikings win the last 5 games of last season got him really bitter.

  71. bert1913 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:07 PM

    i hope harvin isn’t that “poison pill” that the vikings tried to make seattle swallow in 2006.

  72. idolized1 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    I’m as big of Vikings fan as there is, and granted I don’t have to live with his whining, Harvin is spot on.

    Ponder is too scared to play QB and has a weak enough arm to prove my point. My team will never go anywhere with him behind center and as big of a clown as he may be, Harvin brought way more to the table than Ponder.

    Sad to see the guy leave, even if he is a teenage girl trapped in a mans body.

  73. squared80 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:09 PM

    There are deeper rooted issues than his issues with Ponder. The Vikings wouldn’t trade him for that.

    But I don’t know why he’s complaining about his role… the Vikings put him in position to be league MVP. Then he got hurt. It’s all about the $$$, folks. Anyone hear Clay Matthews complaining about his rookie contract?

  74. ss376 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:09 PM

    I would not be surprised if the Vikes draft EJ Manuel, Landry Jones, or Mike Glennon this year. Any success the Vikes enjoyed was a product of their defense and AP and not Ponder. He is legitimately the worst QB in the NFC, if not the league. The Vikes need to move on. At a minimum, they need to make him earn the job.

  75. NoHomeTeam says: Mar 12, 2013 1:16 PM

    rightwingguy says: Eli manning Aaron Rodgers and Peyton all played like crap the first couple yrs. While I’m not saying Ponder is these guys but at least give him a chance. He and Adrian did lead the Vikes to the playoffs last year without Percy in case everyone forgot. I like Percy a lot, but he’s Seattle’s headache now. Seattle got fleeced in that trade. He will be happy maybe one yr.

  76. bobby2478 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:16 PM

    It’s a little early to definitively judge whether Ponder is the answer at QB for MN. He didn’t play great all the time his first 2 years, part of that is to be expected with learning a new system and new terminology, as well as getting used to the speed of playing in the NFL.

    The Vikes spent a lot on Ponder, so they understandably are giving him and Musgrave 1 more year of consistency to see what they have. They want Ponder to know they are 100% behind him so he can just play and doesn’t also have to worry about looking over his shoulder every week. This is the right call.

    If, after this year, Ponder STILL doesn’t show any improvement then MN can start to decide if they need to pursue other options at QB. With them spending a 1st round pick on him, it’s good to give him 1 more year in the same system with the same OC and same playbook, and let him know he’s the unquestioned starter so he can focus on improving.

  77. pacific123ocean says: Mar 12, 2013 1:19 PM

    Greg Jennings would look in purple.

  78. textexington says: Mar 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    Butt Pounder is a terrible QB!

  79. usmc47 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    I’m a diehard Noles fan & I was SHOCKED when Minny drafted Ponder. Against good competition he SUCKED. Tebow is better than Ponder.

  80. wayoffpiste says: Mar 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    So, are the Vikings going to trade us, the fans, to Seattle as we start getting more vocal about how bad Christian Ponder is?

  81. truehoosier62 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:22 PM

    I only hope that having now traded Harvin, the Vikings show some restraint in how they tackle the WR position. We don’t need to get “jumpy” in Free Agency, as it’s not like we’re just a good player away from the Superbowl. Bill Polian made a very good suggestion, one that I’m hopeful that Speilman will heed. Sign a second tier receiver for now, (Jennings due to his age), then use the two first round picks on defense, and some of the other picks for WR’s. Neither Patterson, nor Allen are, in my opinion, any better than late 1st or early 2nd round options, in any other year than this one, and the difference between them and the rest of the WR’s in the draft is minimal.

  82. jziii says: Mar 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    I wonder how much public complaining he really did? Can’t find much except press blogs. He was a bad teammate? Can’t find much except a few comments in blogs. Heated confrontation with coach? Yes; frustrated and shouldn’t happen but demonstrates competitiveness.

    If he is as bad as some of you want to make out you can bet he either changes or will be quickly moved by the Seattle front office. They have gotten rid of others that weren’t right for their locker room.

    Odds are this will be a good trade but only time will tell. Right now, I’m excited.

    ^This. A lot of the controversy surrounding Percy seemed overblown. He has never badmouthed anyone publicly or criticized the team publicly or demonstrated anything close to T.O.-type team-cancer behavior. But the fact that the Vikes traded him must mean that he was more trouble than they felt he was worth–which is a lot, because he is one hell of a player.

    As a Vikes fan, I am bummed to see Percy go, because he is one of the most exciting players in the league and plays the game like a beast. But I have enough trust that Spielman and Frazier know what they are doing, and I hope they have as good a draft this year as they did last year. Ponder looked great at times last year, terrible at other times, so it’s tough to know how he will turn out, but at least Spielman and Frazier seem to have a plan. I wish Percy good luck and hope he does well with Seattle.

  83. nathpz says: Mar 12, 2013 1:24 PM

    Bad organizations get rid of people who point out problems. Good organizations fix those problems.

  84. The Prophet says: Mar 12, 2013 1:24 PM

    What a coincidence, my wife grew tired of me complaining about Christian Ponder too.

  85. toddc612 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:26 PM

    I think I speak for all Vikings fan when I say that we *all* already know Ponder is not the answer. We can’t make excuses for 60 passing yards a game.

    But to act like a baby because you don’t get the ball won’t be tolerated, on this team or any other.

    I just hope management has something in mind when Ponder’s play heads south in his 3rd year. He’s just plain hard to watch and a laughing stock for average QBs everywhere..

  86. craigsconcept says: Mar 12, 2013 1:26 PM

    He went from Brett Favre to Ponder. I would complain too.
    That’s like driving a Lambo to driving a Taurus

  87. sgmjerry220 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    Funny how this post or any article doesn’t quote any Viking team member or front office leadership. The Ponder bashing has never let up, but if any of you bashers care to look, you’ll see Ponder went 5-2 after Harvin was done, just about all of his passing statistics were better too. I think Ponder’s problem early on last season, wsas he4 was conflicted between making sure Percy got his touches and so did Peterson. I think once Percy was shut down, Ponder was able to take what the defense gave him in regards to the passing game. A lot of those games he involved quite a few receivers, and I will also note that outside of Percy, our WRs hands were an issue last year.

  88. packhawk04 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:29 PM

    As a packer fan, id love to make fun of the vikings, but i cant here. they got a pretty good deal for harvin. If theres a wide receiver in the league who has the right to complain about qbs, its larry fitzgerald.

  89. vikesfannatx says: Mar 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    I suppose the Vikings will be trading away the entire fan base as well?

  90. antalicus says: Mar 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    Should have traded Harvin to the Cardinals for Larry Fitzgerald. He actually wanted to be a Viking…

  91. ahawkalypse says: Mar 12, 2013 1:31 PM

    Seattles more of a college RaRaRa team so Harvin will be more relaxed. Plus he has friends on the team that’s a winner. Lastly if he get sulky or lazy Sherman will drop the hammer.

  92. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:34 PM

    Comparing any other WR to Fitzgerald is crazy, the guy is loyal no mater what PLUS he’s getting paid VERY WELL to be on a garbage team and be the only star. Sometimes you need a change in life and it is what it is.

  93. usmc47 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:34 PM

    Please don’t compare Fitz to Harvin. The Cardiinals bought Fitz’s silence with that HUGE contract.

  94. regisphilbin says: Mar 12, 2013 1:39 PM

    If he thinks ponder sucks, what does he think about his college QB Tim Tebow? They probably don’t even talk to each other….

  95. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 12, 2013 1:45 PM

    All I can say is the heat is on Ponder this year.wow.

  96. warhammer420 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:49 PM

    Maybe the constant sound of Harvin’s whining was giving himself the migraines?

  97. ad2k says: Mar 12, 2013 1:50 PM

    Christian Ponder is an easy target for most people because of how amazing AD was this year. AD deserves all the praise he got, but as Kevin Seifert pointed out the games were usually decided by Ponder. Ponder did have a god awful stretch that ended with his worst pro game in Green Bay. But after that he turned his game around and helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs. Not saying he is the second coming of Brett Favre but the guy has potential to be a better than average QB with his accuracy and decision making.

  98. pillowporkers says: Mar 12, 2013 1:53 PM

    It’s like these so called Vikings fans forget the 4 game winning streak at the end of the season was WITH PONDER and WITHOUT HARVIN. I’m pretty sure Ponder played great in the Houston game to get us the win and picked up the slack where AD finally couldn’t, and he had 234 yds, 3 TDs and 0 picks in the GB game to get us to the postseason. We had over 450 yards of offense that game. Vikings offense was 14th in the league in scoring for the year, and that was Ponder’s second year. Russell better just keep getting better every year otherwise its going to be the same scenario (although he’s getting paid now so hopefully that will shut him up). Percy’s numbers were the best with Ponder. Not favre, not mcnabb, not tjax, or anyone we threw in there in his time here.

  99. tlippert says: Mar 12, 2013 1:59 PM

    Has it ever occurred to people that maybe he just wants the best chance to win and sees what MN management can’t see that that’s not gonna happen with Ponder. Granted, he’s handled it with immense immaturity, but i truly think this guy just wants to win and won’t complain if he only gets 60 catches all next year and Seattle goes 12-4.

  100. painsyndicate says: Mar 12, 2013 2:04 PM

    Love me some Percy on the field. But a cancer is a cancer and you can never really remove it once it has been found.

    Good luck to Percy. Seattle is getting probably the most exciting player in the NFL. Minny is getting the picks it needs to build itself into a legit threat again.

  101. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Mar 12, 2013 2:06 PM

    To all of you saying Harvin has no class blah blah Larry Fitz never complained blah blah thats horse crap. He was frustrated and he has a right to comment on his peers performance just like they do his. Its not about class, its reality. Christian Ponder sucks that is a fact.

    Percy NEVER said anything about Ponder PUBLICLY just so you know.

    Now what if Percy wins a Superbowl with Seattle? Do you still blame Percy? What will all of you praising Fitzgerald for not speaking up/wanting out say?

    i can hear the haters now “Fitzgerald was the classiest guy EVER” while Harvin and Wilson are holding up the Lombardi.

    Bottom Line: Good for Percy for doing whats best for his career and leaving a non playoff team for a Superbowl bound team. Had he trashed Ponder publicly, i would have nothing to say.

  102. screechdaddy says: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    If Percy did say, out loud, that “Ponder was not good enough,” he was right. But younger guys usually aren’t wise enough yet to keep their negative opinions to themselves. Father Flanagan will sit him down and have a good, long chat with Percy, and Harvin will be showing up to choir practice with a big winning smile on his face and a ring or two on his fingers in short order. Go Hawks!

  103. satanicxhellxcreature says: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    This decade’s Terrell Owens. How long til he demands being called P.H.?

  104. sgmjerry220 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:09 PM

    I get a kick out of all the Seahawks are now the Super Bowl favorites. How Pete Carroll is a genius. How their GM is the best in the business. Isn’t this the team that signed Flynn as QB last year only to bench him and his 8 million dollar salary? Is this the same Seahawks leadership that led them to a 7-9 records the previous two seasons? So they had a nice draft the past two years and they had a nice record this year, but go ahead and annoint them has the Super Bowl favorite now, and watch the disappointment when they have to play on the road.

  105. mnvikesfan44 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:09 PM

    Percy? Good player! Potential to be Great Player! Good riddance! Time to pull a Parise @LarryFitzgerald

  106. mnvikesfan44 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:12 PM

    “Can’t win with em! Can’t do it!” – Mike Singletary

  107. nathpz says: Mar 12, 2013 2:15 PM

    It’s no coincidence that no one in the Vikings organization wants their name on this information. They’re bad-mouthing a player on his way out of town to make the trade easier to sell to the fan base. The Boston Red Sox do this all the time.

  108. MichaelEdits says: Mar 12, 2013 2:15 PM

    Step one – Bye bye Harvin, for complaining about a teammate like that.

    Step two – Replace Ponder because he really isn’t good enough. He’d be an upgrade for the Jets or the Jaguars.

  109. theytukrjobs says: Mar 12, 2013 2:19 PM

    It is kind of amazing that the Vikings went 10-6 and made the playoffs with their 2nd best player openly complaining about the starting QB for half the season. Ponder played better once Percy was out.

    It is possible that Ponder is better off with a balanced and more standard run/pass playbook as opposed to having all that gimmicky stuff to execute with Harvin. It is also probably easier to play when one of the team leaders isn’t openly lobbying for you to be cut.

    Well whatever. Even though I loved Harvin and hated Ponder’s play most of last season I still say good riddance. You need to have your QB’s back. His BS probably set this team’s chemistry back now too because people will associate the QB with Harvin leaving.

    At least in Seattle the team adores Westbrook and Harvin won’t have a leg to stand on if that dude struggles.

  110. mrl7265 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:20 PM

    I am not a fan of either team. It amazes me how people pull crap out of thin air. Look at the numbers. Percy had better numbers the last 2 years with Ponder than he had with Favre. On the other side, for those of you that say Percy is always hurt. In his 4 year career he has played 15 games, 14 games, 16 games, and 9 games. As far as Ponder is concerned, his QBR was in the middle of the league, ahead of Joe Flacco by the way. I am not saying he is better than Flacco by any stretch, but he is not as bad as you all try to make him out to be. He was also #21 in passer rating, which was higher than Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck. Percy is just another in a long line of WR divas!

  111. truehoosier62 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    This still comes down to some undeniable truths. No matter how much the Vikings wanted to keep Harvin, it wasn’t going to happen, so long as Harvin didn’t want to be here. Once everyone gets that part of the story straight, the rest of it is easy. The Vikings handled this perfectly, got good, perhaps even great compensation for Harvin, and Harvin gets a chance to refresh his career. Both sides win. It doesn’t matter who said what, or what precipitated it.

  112. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2013 2:27 PM

    rightwingguy says:
    Mar 12, 2013 1:04 PM
    Eli manning Aaron Rodgers and Peyton all played like crap the first couple yrs. While I’m not saying Ponder is these guys but atleast give him a chance. He and Adrian did lead the Vikes to the playoffs last year without Percy in case everyone forgot. I like Percy alot, but he’s Seattles headache now. Seattle got fleeced in that trade. He will be happy maybe one yr.

    12 11

    Really?

    Show me a bad year that Aaron Rodgers had as a starter. I’ll be waiting.

  113. rajbais says: Mar 12, 2013 2:29 PM

    If the Vikes can’t get receivers, but aren’t thrilled with their QB situation they should just get Tim Tebow.

    He’s the best QB for teams that don’t have WRs because they won’t be pissed at the way he throws.

  114. whatjusthapped says: Mar 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    So what you telling me is that Harvin is Capt Obvious, except to the Viking fans who think Ponder is a year or two away from taking them to the Superbowl. Ya, driving a town car, maybe.

  115. bobodigital13 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:54 PM

    While Ponder is no elite QB he has had probably one of the most talent deficient WRs corps outside of Harvin. It’s hard to throw the ball efficiently when your WRs can’t separate from the defense.

  116. dariusmyles says: Mar 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    Russell Wilson will definitely get him the ball, he got all his receivers the ball last season they just had a problem with catchin them lol

  117. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:07 PM

    Told ya. He never griped once when favre was here, or mcnabb. He started complaining right when ponder started.

  118. bfcerdo says: Mar 12, 2013 3:14 PM

    Harvin will move to Washington state, where he can legally use his drug of choice. (Heck, I’ve had migraines before. I’d consider smoking weed to dull the pain, if I had access to it.) Good for him.

  119. skinsfan596 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:19 PM

    there is no truth to this

  120. classicfootballplease says: Mar 12, 2013 3:20 PM

    Aaron Rodger fan boys are so annoying. Ask Cutler, Romo, Ben, Vick, Carr, Stafford, HELL ANY QB nowadays. All teams are struggling trying to find lineman to keep up with the new age of pass rushers and better Defensive schemes.

    that d and team in ’09, running a HOF QB out of town (GM trusted him, gave him his shot) so you can start? best all around receiving corp in the league last 4 years? Life is so unfair for poor Aaron.

  121. themackstrong says: Mar 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    sgmjerry220 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:09 PM

    I get a kick out of all the Seahawks are now the Super Bowl favorites. How Pete Carroll is a genius. How their GM is the best in the business. Isn’t this the team that signed Flynn as QB last year only to bench him and his 8 million dollar salary?

    ———————————————-

    Some fans are clueless. After the Superbowl that just past Seattle was already one of the favorites without Harvin along with Bronco’s-49ers-Ravens. Don’t believe me check up the odds in Vegas. Seattle has drafted and put together the top rated defense and found special QB in Wilson in the 3rd- top rookie pass rusher in 1st and star MLB Bobby Wagner in 2nd while in 2 years rebuilding. John Schneider was only behind Colts GM in voting who had Andrew Luck fall to them at 1st overall. Throw in Sherman 5th round- Big Kam at 4th- bringing in All Pro Lynch for late round picks. Yeah PC/JS are doing just fine.

  122. ejmat2 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:25 PM

    As a Viking fan I don’t blame Harvin. I blame the front office for not trying to upgrade the most important position on the team which is the QB. Now they are looking for a QB with the mindset of knowing he will be backing up Ponder. Now why would you want a QB that is okay with that? I want one that wants to compete for a job which is exactly what the Vikings should be doing. Forcing a competition.

    Harvin complained to his front office. He never did it publicly so there is no reason to be upset at him. He does his job and does it well. I don’t blame him for being frustrated because he’s a competitor and wants to win.

  123. mnomalley says: Mar 12, 2013 3:36 PM

    Percy gator Ponder seminole that’s all there is to it

  124. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    Receivers are replaceable. Easily replaceable. Sure Harvin will have an element of wow to him but it doesn’t mean he is a Super Bowl changer. The quarterback is the only position that matters if your team direction changes.

  125. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2013 3:46 PM

    Apparently playing with Favre his first few seasons gave him a sense of entitlement.

    I am not a Viking fans, but I would have loved for Harvin to get shipped to Cleveland or Jacksonville, so he could understand what its like to play for a team that struggles.

  126. tarkenton2white says: Mar 12, 2013 6:14 PM

    Vikings would do well to stick by Ponder. He has a good arm, sound mind, and quick feet.

    I get the impression that many people commenting on Ponder have not watched him play very much.

  127. axespray says: Mar 12, 2013 6:36 PM

    Get the trashy sort of players out of our division …
    Finley/Titus Young/Percy – trade ‘em out of here …

    Lot of great players in the NFC North – lot of respectable competitors (Rodgers/Urlacher/Peterson/Calvin) – we don’t need “Me First!” trash here.

  128. purpblooded says: Mar 12, 2013 11:06 PM

    I’m just glad the the Vikes got something for him. Considering that the Ravens only got a 6th round pick for Boldin. Draft picks = young team!

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