Percy Harvin Reportedly Requests Trade from Minnesota Vikings
UPDATE: Thursday, June 21 at 12:25 p.m. ET
Things are apparently starting to get smoothed out between the disgruntled WR and the organization, and his appearance in practice will be in sharp contrast to the trade request made yesterday morning.
We’ll keep you updated right here on Bleacher Report with the latest news, updates, opinions and analysis on Harvin’s situation in Minnesota.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 20 at 10:45 p.m. ET
Fans I said I have issues to be worked out money not at all being the problem...I've dne everything asked and more...— Percy Harvin (@Percy_Harvin) June 21, 2012
That statement looks to be more of a farewell address than anything else, which makes it seem like Harvin won't be hanging around the Metrodome for much longer.
Stay tuned to see how this all pans out in the coming weeks.
Minnesota Vikings star Percy Harvin has reportedly put in a trade request, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Percy Harvin has requested a trade from the #Vikings.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) June 20, 2012
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 20 at 8:15 p.m. ET
According to Pro Football Talk, Percy Harvin was absent from the Vikings' Wednesday afternoon practice. Harvin could be fined for missing practice and head coach Leslie Frazier said he wasn't sure if Harvin would be with the team on Thursday.
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 20 at 3:05 p.m. ET
The Vikings are reportedly not going to trade Percy Harvin, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Spielman: "We have no interest at all in trading Percy Harvin."— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 20, 2012
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press found that GM Rick Spielman believes Harvin is an important part of the team, but the franchise has a history of offering contract extensions to players with just one year left on their contract. Harvin currently has two.
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On Tuesday, the wide receiver expressed unhappiness at the Vikings' mandatory minicamp. He didn’t go into details, just telling Krawczynski:
I just put it this way, there's a lot of different things that have to be sorted out. 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.
Sources believe (h/t ABC News) that the trade request will not be granted due to Harvin’s unique skills, high cost (he’s a former No. 22 overall pick) and the simple fact that he is one of the top players on the roster.
When Krawczynski attempted to reach head coach Leslie Frazier for comment, he was told that any issues could be resolved on the matter.
The 24-year-old former Florida standout is making $2.47 million over the next two seasons and definitely should be making more for the talent he brings onto the gridiron.
Harvin is also hoping to actually be on the field more, as he played in just 58 percent of Minnesota’s snaps in 2011-12. He’s one of the most dangerous return men in the game and can make a play happen at any moment after receiving the ball via pass or handoff.
Will the Vikings Trade Harvin?
There are some injury concerns with Harvin, as he has been plagued by migraine headaches that have forced him to miss practice and games in the past. The coaching staff has to be cautious about allowing him to get hit repeatedly, as that could exacerbate the problem.
Regardless, he’s definitely got to see the field more and perhaps be financially rewarded for his contributions to the team heading into his fourth year as a pro.
While Harvin is unhappy right now, there is plenty of time until the NFL season kicks off for the Vikings and Harvin to hash out their issues.
Keep it tuned here for the latest news, updates, opinions and analysis on Percy Harvin’s sudden trade request.
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