Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was traded to the Seahawks reportedly in part because he wouldn’t stop complaining about quarterback Christian Ponder. That doesn’t bother Ponder.
Ponder told the Pioneer Press that he doesn’t know for sure that Harvin actually disliked him, but that if that’s the case, it’s irrelevant now.
“The thing is, there’s no quote strictly from Percy that he was the one saying it,” Ponder said. “I haven’t put too much thought into it. If that was his opinion, that’s unfortunate. But he’s a Seahawk now, so it doesn’t really matter.”
Although Harvin may not have explicitly stated, on the record, that he has a problem with Ponder, it’s pretty obvious that he does: At his introductory press conference in Seattle he talked about how excited he is to be playing with Russell Wilson, and he raved about his time in Minnesota playing with Brett Favre. But Harvin declined to answer when asked about Ponder. For his part, Ponder said he hasn’t talked to Harvin since before the Vikings put him on injured reserve, ending his 2012 season.
Now Ponder says it’s time for everyone to move on.
“Seattle wins, because they get him. Percy wins — he got a new contract, which was what he really has been wanting,” Ponder said. “And we win, because we get some good draft picks. People have their opinions. There were things I could have done better [last season]. But now that he’s on a different team, his opinion doesn’t really mean much.”
A new contract is a big part of what Harvin has been wanting. But another big part was playing with a quarterback who is not Christian Ponder.