After a great first half of the season where he was maybe the most valuable receiver in the league, Percy Harvin could leave this off-season.
ESPN Twin Cities' Tom Pelissero reports that four NFL sources say that Harvin and Head Coach Leslie Frazier got into a heated exchange a few weeks after his last game played this season against the Seahawks, where he screamed at Frazier on the sideline about frustrations with the offense.
Pelissero writes that while Frazier and Harvin are on record saying that the injury was the only reason for Harvin's placement on injured reserve, there may be more to the story:
The incident was sufficiently impassioned some inside and outside the building believed that, and not the ankle, was the driving force behind Harvin's trip to IR.
In reality, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, discussions already were underway with Harvin's agent, Joel Segal, about making a decision both sides believed was in the best interest of the player and the team based strictly on the injury.
Instead of risking further injury that could have long-term consequences, Harvin would continue treating the injury immediately near his home in Florida, where he rehabbed from shoulder surgery in the spring and would be heading after the season anyway.
Harvin's rookie contract ends after the 2013 season, and Pelissero notes that Harvin has no interest in finishing out that contract, but instead getting a new one:
It's no secret the Vikings must make a decision on Harvin's future after the season. He privately made clear as far back as last summer he expects a new contract to replace the final year of his rookie deal and is unlikely to show up on time for training camp without one.
Harvin has to make a decision, too, on whether he wants to try to stay in Minnesota for the long haul or revive the fleeting trade request he made during the team's June minicamp -- although there's no guarantee the Vikings would comply.
Pelissero references that one NFL personnel man puts a possible return for Harvin in a trade as a second or third-round pick.
Whatever happens the rest of the season, the relationship has always been tumultuous, so the Vikings may be better off trying to see what his market value is.
With his migraine and now ankle injury issues affecting his durability, and his temperament another problem to consider, it may not be worth giving Harvin a contract that may be worth around $10 million a year, as that is in the ballpark of how much a similar player in DeSean Jackson is getting paid.
Plus, Harvin makes most of his plays out of the slot, and with the continued proliferation of spread offenses in college football, more slot receivers who are NFL ready will be available, including players in this year's draft like Tavon Austin, Robert Woods, Stedman Bailey, and Ryan Swope among others. They could also trade for a lesser slot receiver along with a draft pick.
There will be many of teams interested, but along five really good fits that will both satisfy Harden's wants, and give the Vikings the value they want.
With that in mind, here are 5 possible Percy Harvin trade scenarios.