It was a busy day of news on the Percy Harvin front and it got busier on Wednesday afternoon when Harvin skipped practice at the Vikings’ mandatory minicamp.
Harvin was present at a walkthrough on Wednesday morning, but was nowhere to be seen during practice. Unless the Vikings excused his absence, Harvin could be fined for skipping the practice. Coach Leslie Frazier said he didn’t know if Harvin, who reportedly requested a trade a day after hinting at a training camp holdout, would be with the team on Thursday before trying to turn attention away from the missing wide receiver.
“Percy’s a great football player. He’s been a great football player for our team and done a lot of big things for us. But I don’t want to take the focus off of these guys that are working as hard as they’re working here at our mandatory minicamp. To have the type of participation that we have and guys giving the effort that they’ve been giving … I don’t want to center it on one person.”
General Manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday that the team wouldn’t trade Harvin, who is believed to want both a new contract and a bigger role on the team’s offense. Harvin has two years left on his rookie deal and is set to make $915,000 this season. He’s hinted at a training camp holdout, something that seems more possible after his failure to practice on Wednesday.
The Vikings can’t afford not to have Harvin on their offense this season, something that Harvin surely knows as he plots his next move. And, based on all that’s gone down in the last couple of days, there will be a next move.