Percy Harvin requested trade from Vikings, unlikely to be granted
According to an Associated Press source, Percy Harvin requested a trade from the Vikings after stating on Tuesday that he wasn't happy about 'a couple situations' with his status in Minnesota.
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Tuesday brought the odd news that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was unhappy with "a couple situations" in Minnesota. Wednesday brings the news that Harvin, according to the Associated Press, has requested a trade from Minny.
Sources tell CBSSports.com's Jason LaCanfora that the trade request may be "about something other than money." LaCanfora reports that the Vikings, who are short on offensive talent, wouldn't be likely to grant the request, but that re-working Harvin's rookie contract may not be necessary in order to placate the receiver.
It appears that LaCanfora is correct too -- Vikes GM Rick Spielman said Wednesday that the team has "no interest at all" in dealing Harvin.
During minicamp on Tuesday, Harvin surprised reporters by expressing a large amount of discontent with differing issues that he refused to expound on.
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"I just put it this way, there's a lot of different things that have to be sorted out," Harvin said on Tuesday. "Just haven't been really happy lately. We've got a couple of things to work on. I'm here in the classroom. We'll go from there."
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he would "talk in depth" with Harvin and that the two could work everything out. But clearly that talk didn't go perfectly if Harvin decided to request a trade at any point while they were talking.
"I really feel like when he and I sit down and talk in depth," Frazier said, "whatever is in his heart or on his mind, we'll get through it."
Harvin's previously been believed to want a new contract and potentially heading towards a holdout; Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota wrote back in the middle of April that Harvin and the Vikings were probably headed for some sort of conflict.
The wideout, who was sixth in the NFL in catches in 2011 and who set personal bests for receiving yards and touchdowns, is only scheduled to make about $2.5 million on the final two years of his rookie contract.
Additionally, he doesn't sound thrilled at the offensive direction the Vikings are taking, telling reporters that he's been watching film but only half-heartedly.
"I'm going to be honest with you guys. I've been watching tape, but it's just working on things from last year," Harvin said when asked about the offense. "I'm into it, but like I said, I'm not happy with things, so I haven't really been in tune to [personnel] and stuff right now."
Don't bank on the Vikings honoring his request for a trade. Harvin's a uber-talented wide receiver, but he's got some serious baggage he's toting along with him. That baggage doesn't prevent the Vikings from utilizing him in an efficient way, but it might prevent them from getting his full value in return.
Additionally, with two years remaining on his deal and a history of injuries and off-field problems haunting him, it's going to be tough for Harvin to demand any serious new money from Minnesota. This sort of act -- before training camp even begins -- isn't helping his case.
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