Before the Vikings traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seahawks this offseason, there were several reports that Harvin had angered the team and some of his teammates with his behavior.
Included in that behavior were complaints about quarterback Christian Ponder and heated arguments with coach Leslie Frazier that left one veteran teammate to tell Tom Pelissero of ESPN1500.com that Harvin had become too much of a problem to keep around. Running back Adrian Peterson went a different route at the time, saying that he’d never trade a player with Harvin’s talent, but now agrees that it is better for the Vikings not to have Harvin on the roster since Harvin made it clear he didn’t want to be there.
Peterson also said that talk of a rift between the wideout and his teammates was blown out of proportion, however.
“Oh No. No issues at all,” Peterson said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Bruce Murray. “I think there some personal things he was dealing with that I really don’t want to discuss, some personal things some personal things that he wanted to be taken care of and unfortunately it wasn’t happening in the way he wanted. It’s just kind of the business that we’re involved in. In this situation it didn’t work out for us or him.”
It’s also a situation that could wind up working out quite well for both Harvin and the Vikings. Harvin’s landed with a team built to make a run at a Super Bowl and the Vikings were able to move on from a disgruntled player while adding a pair of receivers — Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson — thanks in part to the cap space and draft picks they got from trading him.
That should make it easier for everyone to move on and stop trying to figure out why things didn’t ultimately work out for Harvin in Minnesota.