Vikings Must Keep Percy Harvin in Minnesota at Any Cost

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 21, 2012

Oct 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Metrodome. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 36-17. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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If the Minnesota Vikings want their organizational resurgence to continue into 2013 and beyond, they'll do whatever they can to keep Percy Harvin in Minneapolis. 

While his injury past is most concerning and could ultimately lead to the team not signing him to an extension he desires next year, a rift with head coach Leslie Frazier may also play a role in his future.

According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN Twin Cities, with "four NFL sources" cited:

Harvin and Frazier had another heated exchange weeks later in front of some players and staff members, fueling speculation about a deteriorating relationship that could spell the end of Harvin's four seasons in Minnesota.


Pelissero went on to add:

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.

While Harvin may be ready to move on and start fresh with a new franchise, the Vikings need his on-field production. 

With a full offseason to recover from the ankle injury that hampered him in 2012, theoretically, the University of Florida product should finally be fully healthy in 2013. 

When healthy, Harvin has been a prolific underneath and bubble screen option. 

If the club is willing to stick with Christian Ponder, the youthful quarterback needs as much receiving help as possible. 

By selecting a big boundary wideout early in April's draft or acquiring one in free agency, along with Harvin, Minnesota would have the prototypical wideout grouping to aid Ponder's development and take some pressure off Adrian Peterson

For a team that has been much better, much faster than many expected, now is not the time to let one of its best players depart, especially a talented receiving threat like Percy Harvin.