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Vikings gave agent permission to shop Harvin in February

Percy Harvin, John Schneider AP

With the surprising trade that sent receiver Percy Harvin from Minnesota to Seattle happening the day before the launch of free agency, plenty of details got lost in the shuffle.

For example, the process started not because the Seahawks called the Vikings or the Vikings called the Seahawks, but because the Vikings gave Harvin’s agent permission to talk to other teams about a long-term deal for Harvin, which then became the precursor to a trade.  Seahawks G.M. John Schneider made that disclosure during Tuesday’s PFT Live, explaining that the process began roughly a month before the deal was struck on March 11.

Ultimately, the Seahawks decided to give up a first-round pick in 2013, a seventh-round pick in 2013, and a third-round pick in 2014 for a player who is still only 24 years old despite having four NFL seasons under his belt.  Harvin’s presence of a team that made it to the final eight without him is one of many reasons why the Seahawks are considered to be one of the short-list Super Bowl favorites in the coming season.

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48 Responses to “Vikings gave agent permission to shop Harvin in February”
  1. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    If anyone pushed for a trade it was the Vikings medical staff. Percy Harvin was a ridiculous human being to be around and impossible to work with in the training rooms and team doctor appointments.

  2. Dusty Grey says: Apr 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    I wonder if Harvin’s agent made his availability know to all teams or if the Seahawks (and other teams) were specifically targeted as a landing spot.

    In otherwords did the Seahawks bid against them selves, and could Harvin’s desire to play there solve his behavioral issues…

  3. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 16, 2013 1:59 PM

    Have fun giving him a bigger contract in 2 years.

  4. ravenatorlikesboysbeeholez says: Apr 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    Maybe Harvin is difficult to deal with. His name is Percy and he gets a type of headache that makes some people consider suicide. You’d be a pain too. He still the type of player management should bend over backwards to pacify.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    This was while bewildered Viking fans were assuring us that Harvin wasn’t going anywhere.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 16, 2013 2:08 PM

    At least he waited till the Boxing Month discounts were over.

  7. reasonableeaglefan says: Apr 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    Isn’t that tampering?

  8. 4superbowls says: Apr 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    This is a failure of Vikings management/coaching staff. Their job is to manage prima donna players. You don’t just let a talent like Percy walk away from your squad. He is worth way more than they will get in draft picks. Did everyone forget that he was in the running for NFL MVP until he got hurt?

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    Mr. Ted Thompson would never lie to fans like this. Just one more reason why he’s the best General Manger of all time.

  10. decon49 says: Apr 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Alex smith was in the running for mvp at one point too

  11. 4superbowls says: Apr 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    @decon

    Yes, but we don’t have the Colin Kaepernick equivalent at WR jus sitting on the bench…

  12. buhbay1c says: Apr 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    Harvin is a dynamic player, but there isn’t a defense in the NFL that fears an offense whose main weapon catches the ball within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Seattle got a great player and the Vikings got a chance to improve their passing game beyond the slot. Can’t be mad.

  13. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    4superbowls: Harvin is always hurt and that’s why he was unloaded. Good deal for the Vikes and good deal for the ‘Hawks if Harvin can play towards playoff time.

    Given his past its impossible to think he’ll go 16 games plus playoffs without problems.

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    Mr. Ted Thompson would never lie to fans like this. Just one more reason why he’s the best General Manger of all time.
    ______

    Spielman said he wasn’t intending to trade Harvin, but I guess he changed his mind when Seattle offered a king’s ransom for that pain in the neck.

    Yeah, Ted Thompson is great. Quick, name any of his draft picks the last five years.

  15. melkipershero says: Apr 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    Win-win trade for both teams. Vikings got picks and the Hawks got a game breaking WR. Why does one team always have to be the loser in a deal?

  16. 4superbowls says: Apr 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    @whitecastle/spielmanthemagician

    I never said Percy wasn’t a pain in the neck. My point is that he’s an amazingly talented football player and the best coaches get the most out of their talent. Of couse, the minnesota way seems to be “if you’re hard to deal with we’ll trade you away” ala Randy Moss. And this isn’t just restricted to football (copyright AJ pierzinski, Kevin Garnett). Yes, a lot of these athletes are spoiled brats, but a good coach should be able to work with that and get the most possible out of them. We haven’t had that in Minnesota since Bud Grant.

  17. gvboot says: Apr 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    T.O. wannabe

  18. ejmat2 says: Apr 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    minnesotablizzard says:
    Apr 16, 2013 1:51 PM
    If anyone pushed for a trade it was the Vikings medical staff. Percy Harvin was a ridiculous human being to be around and impossible to work with in the training rooms and team doctor appointments.
    ———————————————-
    You must have inside knowledge. Do you have a source for that information?

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Yeah, Ted Thompson is great. Quick, name any of his draft picks the last five years.

    —-

    Clay Matthews. No wonder everybody hates vike fans.

  20. ejmat2 says: Apr 16, 2013 2:48 PM

    whitecastleisafoodgroup says:
    Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM
    4superbowls: Harvin is always hurt and that’s why he was unloaded. Good deal for the Vikes and good deal for the ‘Hawks if Harvin can play towards playoff time.

    Given his past its impossible to think he’ll go 16 games plus playoffs without problems.
    ——————————————-
    I always love these “Harvin oft injured” comments. Harvin only missed 3 games in 3 seasons prior to this past year. In fact, he played every game in 2011. You may want to check your stats.

  21. eastcoastninerfan says: Apr 16, 2013 2:49 PM

    4superbowls says:
    Apr 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    Yes, but we don’t have the Colin Kaepernick equivalent at WR jus sitting on the bench…

    • • • • • • • • • • • • •

    If you say “we” in this statement, that lends me to believe your a 49ers fan. Thus you most certainly need to update your Profile Name as it’s 18 years old now….

  22. ejmat2 says: Apr 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 16, 2013 2:45 PM
    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Yeah, Ted Thompson is great. Quick, name any of his draft picks the last five years.

    —-

    Clay Matthews. No wonder everybody hates vike fans.
    —————————————-
    As a Viking fan I won’t agree that everyone hates Viking fans but I will agree it wasn’t too smart of a comment. I canname several Packer draft picks over the past 5 years. Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Bryan Bulaga, Alex Green just to name a few.

  23. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 16, 2013 2:56 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 16, 2013 2:45 PM
    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Yeah, Ted Thompson is great. Quick, name any of his draft picks the last five years.

    —-

    Clay Matthews. No wonder everybody hates vike fans.

    ——————-

    Hurray! One draft pick! Hoorah Ted Thompson is amazing!
    ..says the Packer fan who sits on PFT all day spamming Vikings articles.

    pizza bagels

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 16, 2013 3:04 PM

    ejmat2 says:Apr 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 16, 2013 2:45 PM
    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Yeah, Ted Thompson is great. Quick, name any of his draft picks the last five years.

    —-

    Clay Matthews. No wonder everybody hates vike fans.
    —————————————-
    As a Viking fan I won’t agree that everyone hates Viking fans but I will agree it wasn’t too smart of a comment. I canname several Packer draft picks over the past 5 years. Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Bryan Bulaga, Alex Green just to name a few.
    ______

    Alex Green? That’s who you can come up with? Alex Green? My point is that the draft busts have far outnumbered the good picks over the last few years. Thanks for helping me make my point.

  25. hugejazz says: Apr 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    4superbowls says: This is a failure of Vikings management/coaching staff. Their job is to manage prima donna players. You don’t just let a talent like Percy walk away from your squad. He is worth way more than they will get in draft picks. Did everyone forget that he was in the running for NFL MVP until he got hurt?

    No, the Vikings managements job is to put a winning team together by adding and subtracting players based on team need and compatibility. Percy’s compatibility (or lack of) outweighed his ability. And that’s saying something knowing the WR needs on the Vikes. The Vikes got picks. Percy didn’t walk away. And I’ll take my chances on good picks over a headache any time.

  26. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    hugejazz says:
    Apr 16, 2013 3:07 PM
    4superbowls says: This is a failure of Vikings management/coaching staff. Their job is to manage prima donna players. You don’t just let a talent like Percy walk away from your squad. He is worth way more than they will get in draft picks. Did everyone forget that he was in the running for NFL MVP until he got hurt?

    —————

    Yeah, they got a first a third and a seventh, he was going to leave after the season no matter what and he has never finished a season before in his career. What a colossal failure.

  27. inyofaceagain says: Apr 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Yeah, Ted Thompson is great. Quick, name any of his draft picks the last five years.

    —-
    Clay Matthews. No wonder everybody hates vike fans.

    —————–
    I think he was basically saying that TT doesn’t have the knack for drafting that Speilman has. Spielman finds players through the draft and does it well, he pulled a rookie Probowl punter the same year he got a Probowl left tackle and future star Harrison Smith at CB.
    TT isn’t a terrible GM, he has done a great job surrounding Rodgers with WRs which is something the Vikings need to attend to. Also I think it says a lot that Jennings has the confidence that Ponder can bring the Vikimgs deep into the postseason into the Superbowl.

  28. gbmickey says: Apr 16, 2013 3:15 PM

    Viking fans you cant have it both ways. You chide the Packers because they dont play in free agency yet the team is good enough to win the division the last two years. Guess how it was done? Yes it was draft picks. See how ridiculous you guys sound with your comments?

  29. hugejazz says: Apr 16, 2013 3:15 PM

    Didn’t anyone notice or remember the Vikings got better AFTER Percy got hurt? They were a playoff team. Lots of teams would have been happy to trade places.

    Some may say “yeah sure, but the Vikings rode Peterson all the way.

    So? What’s your point? The Broncos rode Manning. Detroit rode Johnson. Big deal.

  30. hugejazz says: Apr 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    fijabbersman345 says:

    I agree harvin was probably going to leave after the ’13 season. So the Vikings got value for him in picks.

    I didn’t say he was a failure. I’m saying he was a team headache that was no longer welcome because the Vikings management realized they can win without him.

  31. bobby2478 says: Apr 16, 2013 3:28 PM

    A couple points that are being overlooked.

    In regards to Spielman denying that Harvin would be traded: If you are GM and trying to trade a marquee player like Harvin, do you want to get the most you can for him, or not? They knew Harvin wouldnt sign an extension with them, and they certainly weren’t going to pay him more then they pay AP, who is the heart and soul of that team. They could either announce they are trading him and watch his price plummet, or they can say they have no intentions of trading him which drives his price up.

    If teams know they can get him next year for nothing because the Vikes were desperate to unload him, why would they trade at all? They just wait until he’s a FA. Not good business skills. Spielman did a phenomenal job in getting 3 picks, including a 1 and a 3 for a player who wasn’t coming back anyway.

    Second, about failure of Vikings coaching staff, they bent over backwards and gave Harvin the easiest going coach you could ask for in Frazier, and Harvin STILL got ticked off. He was NEVER going to be happy, and he was mouthing off about how he hated the team’s current franchise QB in Ponder. Not exactly the type of player you want when you are trying to build a steady, winning young team.

    Lastly, he wasn’t injury prone. He was dealt because he was fighting with coaches, said he didn’t want to be back, badmouthed his QB, demands more money then AP, and in general being a jagoff. They knew they had no future with Percy, might as well get as much as you can before he leaves next year for nothing. When everyone else said the most they’d get was a 2nd rounder, and Spielman pulls in a 1, 3 and 7, I’d say they did the right thing and got a good deal. Seattle also got a good deal as Harvin could help them win a SuperBowl.

  32. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 16, 2013 3:33 PM

    @spielmanmagician

    Here are some more of Mr. Ted Thompon’s draft picks. Perhaps you’ve heard of some of them (although it wouldn’t surprise me if you haven’t)?

    Seattle

    Shaun Alexander, Steve Hutchinson, Marcus Trufant

    Green Bay

    Aaron Rodgers, Nick Collins, Greg Jennings, Jason Spitz, Johnny Jolly, James Jones, Desmond Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, JerMichael Finley, BJ Raji, Clay Matthews, TJ Lang, Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, Casey Haryward

  33. bobby2478 says: Apr 16, 2013 3:37 PM

    Carl Gerberschmidt: No one is denying historically Ted Thompson has had solid drafts. The question was what has he done the past 2 years?

    Spielman had a pretty solid draft last year with Kalil and Harrison Smith, hopefully that carries over into another solid draft this year.

    Hopefully Spielman can build a track record of drafting quality productive players like Ted Thompson has over the past decade or so.

  34. 4superbowls says: Apr 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    @bobby2478

    You make some interesting points, but I think the most persuasive is one you didn’t intend to make. To some degree, this all boils down to is Christian Ponder the solution at QB? Perhaps my judgment is colored by the fact that I, like Percy, do not think he is. And the Vikings will not have a chance at winning the Super Bowl with ponder under center. And, the window with AD is not going to stay open for more than 3-4 more years. It kills me to think that they are going to waste AD’s career so maybe that is coloring my perspective a little bit.

  35. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 16, 2013 3:57 PM

    gbmickey says:Apr 16, 2013 3:15 PM

    Viking fans you cant have it both ways. You chide the Packers because they dont play in free agency yet the team is good enough to win the division the last two years. Guess how it was done? Yes it was draft picks. See how ridiculous you guys sound with your comments?
    ________

    Pre-2009 draft picks. If you can’t replenish your talent, you’re going to get worse. What has Ted Thompson done for you lately? Gerbie’s latest list includes retired players, unknowns, and misspelled names.

  36. melkipershero says: Apr 16, 2013 4:21 PM

    Harrison Smith at CB.

    Isn’t he a safety?

  37. gbmickey says: Apr 16, 2013 5:21 PM

    Rick the magician once again the Packers have won the division the past two years and in the drafts you speak of there were 9 players who started. Appears to me out of 22 players Thompson has done pretty well as he does every year. The drafting is what the Packers and Thompson are known for, which allowed him being voted executive of the year twice. As i stated also you cant have it both ways and now it is 3 ways. First the talk was free agency in which the Packers do nothing, then comments are made who have the Packers drafted, and now it was the last two years. Just give it up because of all the things you guys pick to ridicule the Packers about you pick drafting? That is just ludicrous!

  38. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 16, 2013 5:27 PM

    Why would you praise a general manager who has established a defense that just gave the most yards in playoff game in the history of the nfl? How about that great O-line he put together that will get your $25mil a year contract killed after getting sacked the second most times in the league last year and no signs of improvement.

    And you think this draft is going to save your team after adding only 4 street practice players in free agency that somehow you will even make it out of the second round of the playoffs this year?

    This manager that kept the same defensive coordinator after your team has been humiliated TWICE in the division round that last few years. That guy? Good Luck…

    Oh, and AJ Hawk over Chad Greenway was a real smart move.

    Seahawks 58 – Packers 10, 2013 Playoffs.

    And if it weren’t for that ‘fail mary’ everybody would’ve been talking how Aaron Rodgers was sacked 8 times in the first by one the most humiliating displays of blocking by Mr. Ted Thompsons O-line.

  39. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 16, 2013 5:43 PM

    I’ve never ripped the Packers for not signing free agents, nor have I limited Ted Thompson’s evaluation to the last two drafts. Gerbie said TT was the best “General Manger” of all time. I pointed out that he is the most overrated General Manager of all time because he really hasn’t had a lot of great draft choices lately. Not sure how you can argue with that.

  40. vikingsgohard says: Apr 16, 2013 6:15 PM

    Most idiots didn’t think he was worth a 1st rd let alone 1st,7th 2013 + 3rd in 14 some fans are completely delusional Vikings fan included jus sayin

  41. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 16, 2013 6:23 PM

    You’re comparing the Vikings who perennially pick in the top 5-10 (this year is the aberration), and the Packers who typically pick at the end of the round.

    The jury is still out on Nick Perry. He looked good before he got hurt.

    It’s easier to pick sure things early in the first round.

    Look at Tony Mandarich.

  42. monkeyboymotors says: Apr 16, 2013 8:11 PM

    21 teams passed on the cancer Harvin including the pack’s pick at 9 [Bj raji] and I’ll bet even superman Ted Thompson can’t believe the vikes got the picks they did for that migraine, right Ted.

  43. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 16, 2013 8:50 PM

    And Raji helped the Packers win a Super Bowl. I don’t think they regret choosing him over ye olde headache. They have Cobb, who has been amazing.

    Advantage: Packers

  44. gbmickey says: Apr 16, 2013 8:55 PM

    Spielman really? I just proved to you over the last 2 years drafts we had 9 starters which is pretty good as well as win the division those 2 years and you say they haven’t drafted well which is ridiculous. This coming off a Super Bowl in which there are less available spots due to better talent unlike the Vikings picking in the top 10. Try again because right now you look foolish.

  45. tcstunner says: Apr 16, 2013 9:54 PM

    One thing everyone on here seems to forget, is that the Vikes got Jennings MUCH cheaper than the Hawks got Harvin. Jennings who is a great teammate and WR, while Harvin has been nothing but a pain in the a** everywhere he’s been, from highschool to the pros. So, the Vikes got a 1st, 3rd, 7th round pick AND Jennings to replace Percy. Id say thats pretty damn good.

  46. tcstunner says: Apr 16, 2013 9:59 PM

    I forgot to mention how good Wright looked last year as well. If the Vikes get Austin, Hopkins or Patterson in the 1st round, then their WR look pretty good. Jennings and Patterson on the outside. With Wright in the slot. Throw in Rudolph who is a stud TE, and Simpson who is a decent #3 or 4 WR. Id say the Vikes WR/TE core looks pretty good next year.

  47. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 17, 2013 12:30 AM

    It seems like only a couple of months ago when Viking fans were assuring us that Harvin was a stud and he wasn’t going anywhere.

  48. seahawksdan72 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:35 AM

    Its amazing.last year viking fans said harvin was mvp of league before he got hurt in seattle.now that hes gone hes a headache and a pain in the a$$.you dont have to bad mouth a player if he leaves.

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