Harvin's Future Continues a to Be a Big Question for Vikes & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings returns a kick during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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On a team with more than a few question marks, what to do with Percy Harvin seems to be a topic that the Vikings and their fans circle back to at least once a week.

This week, it was ESPN's Kevin Seifert who dove headlong into that mess, with a column looking at the ups and downs of Harvin's career over just the last nine months.

Without a doubt, the situation is complex, and like Seifert, I too wonder at times if there is more going on in the background than we actually know about.

Harvin certainly is high-strung, but he's also the only reliable receiver on the team. And, at 24, Harvin is still very young and in his prime.

Is he a pain in the rear end to deal with? Is he prone to some really bad tantrums to the press? Sure.

But he's also a guy who you can center an offense around, and when you pair him with Adrian Peterson, the upside for this offense is really, really high.

Without a doubt, Harvin wants an extension, and he has earned it. The question is—and it's a sticky one at that—can Harvin and the team come to an agreement on how much money he is actually worth?

There's a good chance that this situation ends up being the biggest storyline for the Vikings this offseason.

On to the rest of the NFC North:


Chicago Bears

Ticket prices are going up at Soldier Field, and fans aren't happy, according to Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times.

According to ESPNChicago.com, Saints coach Sean Payton believes that Jay Cutler has it in him to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.


Detroit Lions

Terry Foster of Detroit News says that the Titus Young-Rams marriage will end in only one way: badly.

The Free Press' Kirkland Crawford has a piece focusing on what some draft experts expect from the Lions' first pick in April.


Green Bay Packers

Cheesehead TV's Brain Carriveau thinks that Donald Driver deserves a place in the Packers' hallowed Ring of Honor. 

Tyler Dunne of the Journal-Sentinel compiles season-by-season highlights of Donald Driver's career. 


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN reports on center John Sullivan's recent microfracture knee surgery.

The Vikings are hoping to host a Super Bowl in a their new stadium in 2018, according to the Pioneer Press.


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