Minnesota Vikings Must Move on from Percy Harvin

Collin KottkeCorrespondent IIIJanuary 9, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 21: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on October 21, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The headline pretty much summarizes my sentiments, though I’m not going to pretend I know what the Minnesota Vikings would get in return for the dynamic slot receiver Percy Harvin.

Actually I do know roughly what the Vikings would get if they did try to move Harvin: a third or fourth-round pick, maybe even a second-rounder if they are lucky. Yes, the NFL has overvalued draft picks so much that one of the best players in the league would only fetch that.

Ridiculous, but that’s what has been established.

Wait! I just said Percy Harvin was one of the best players in the league, so why would the Vikings want to trade him? Especially with the receiving corps the Vikings currently have, he’s the team’s best receiver.

Simply stated, the Vikings played the best this season after Harvin was put on IR and was in God-knows-where. After Harvin’s dismissal, the Vikings went 5-2 to finish the regular season, after going 5-4 during the time with Harvin on the roster.

Reportedly Percy Harvin was put on IR after a heated exchange with head coach with Leslie Frazier. If you’ve ever watched a Vikings game, you have seen that it takes a lot to get emotion out of Coach Frazier and a lot may be an understatement.

If you can’t get along with Leslie Frazier, it doesn’t really bode well for you as a person. Granted, this is coming from a distance but, listening to Minneapolis sports talk stations, it sounds like Frazier is a fabulous person.

Percy Harvin is still on his rookie contract and 2013 is his last season on that contract, which means two things: a) chances are high that Harvin would hold out of training camp without a new deal b) that new deal would have to be worth a lot of money.

To have the services of Harvin is worth a lot of money. There’s no doubt about it. After missing the final seven games of the regular season, Harvin still led the Vikings in receptions and receiving yards, but dealing with Harvin is just not worth the headache.

Speaking of headaches, Percy Harvin has a migraine issue. It didn’t pop up this season, but it did every other season. If he doesn’t hold out of camp it might be in turn another migraine session.

If the Vikings would deal Percy Harvin, they could keep building for the future. Minnesota was really doing that in 2012, but stumbled upon success helped by the record-breaking season Adrian Peterson had.  The trade would bring in draft picks and free up money that could be used to sign a big-time free agent wide receiver.

Trading Percy Harvin is a great topic to debate for Vikings fans, but here’s how I see it: Trading him would cure more headaches than it creates.