Trade demands are a big deal any time of year, but when someone as high(ish)-profile as Percy Harvin makes one in the dead of the offseason, they're going to draw lots of attention. And it's going to result in Vikings GM Rick Spielman getting asked a lot of questions.
But Spielman said on Wednesday that, despite his star wideout's current unhappiness and desire to leave, that the Vikes won't be trading Harvin.
"We have no interest at all in trading Percy Harvin," Spielman said per Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota. "He's a key part of our organization. He's a key part of our football team, and any issues that are out there or reported, we always handle those internally and will continue to handle those internally.
Pelissero reports that Spielman also declined to talk about the trade request from Harvin and/or the certain "situations" that the wideout is unhappy with.
Frankly, it's hard to blame him: the Vikings aren't trading Harvin, so they'll simply need to figure out how to make him happy. They have no wide receivers that they can if Harvin's gone, a draft pick in June does them no good, and because Harvin has issues with injuries (though he hasn't missed a ton of games at all) and off-field problems, they wouldn't get full value in return.
Spielman's not the only one who knows how important Harvin is to the team. Adrian Peterson also emphasized the Vikes "definitely don't want to lose" their top wideout.
"Distracting? I wouldn't say distracting," Peterson told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com when asked about the Harvin situation. “It's more bothering. We definitely don't want to lose this guy. He put the emphasis on that by saying that. … I'm sure the organization will do what they have to do to keep this guy around. If it was me, I'd make sure we kept him around.“
So the general manager has said they won't trade Harvin, and the superstar player has said he'd make Harvin happy. Don't expect the Vikes to even consider moving him, but don't be surprised if they do something to make him a little happier.
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