|Forget about holding out. Harvin reportedly will be at training camp. (US Presswire)|
Last month, during Vikings mini-camp, receiver Percy Harvin made waves when he told reporters that he wasn't pleased with “a couple things” and that he was contemplating a holdout when the team begins training camp.
“I'll just put it this way. There's a lot of different things that have to be sorted out. I just haven't been real happy," said Harvin, who claimed that money wasn't the only issue.
The news isn't a surprise, because coach Leslie Frazier already had said that he didn't expect any of his players to hold out. Some have speculated that the Vikings will look to give Harvin a contract extension after the 2012 season (he's got two years left on his rookie contract that will pay him a base of $915,000 this year and $1.55 million in 2013), and those plans could have satisfied Harvin for the time being.
But perhaps an issue that's just as big is the fact that Harvin was involved in only 58.8 percent of the team's offensive snaps last season. For a game-changer -- albeit, an oft-injured one -- like Harvin, that seems tiny. But perhaps, before they give him millions of dollars, the Vikings want to make sure they can count on Harvin.
“[His] snaps may go up,” Frazier said last month. “Touches, I don't know about that. We want to keep him on the field more, but his style -- he's a reckless guy and doesn't hold anything back. It's always goes 100 miles an hour. So you have to be careful about not overusing him.”
Sounds like both sides have something to prove to the other.
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