Mike Max of WCCO (via CBS Sports) reported that, during the season, Harvin had a "blowup [...] with Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier." That exchange seems to be at the root of this recent news.
The article continues:
Multiple sources tell Max that Harvin had an embarrassing tirade directed toward Frazier, disrespecting the coach during the season when Harvin was sidelined with an injured ankle.
Teammates were present, and Max was told that is when Harvin left the team and was put on injured reserve...The Vikings will try to trade him, Max reports, as Harvin does have market value.
Harvin's last game was Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks. Without him, Minnesota finished 5-2 and reached the postseason.
On the field, the receiver is an incredible talent. In only nine games, Harvin led the team with 62 catches and 677 receiving yards. He also topped 80 receiving yards in six of his first eight games in 2012.
However, it appears that his lack of maturity will cost him a spot on the roster.
When asked about the receiver's future with the team, quarterback Christian Ponder told KFAN's Paul Allen (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) the following:
I’m not sure, I don’t know. We’ll see. I mean, we’ll see how everything shakes out. I’m not sure what [general manager] Rick Spielman’s gonna be doing. Obviously, it’d be nice to have [Harvin]. He’s a heck of a player.
Obviously, everyone saw how tough he was physically and mentally. And he had a lot of leadership qualities. He was a good teammate.
It should be concerning that in the last part of that interview, Ponder referred to his teammate in the past tense.
Minnesota ranked No. 31 in the NFL last season with only 172 passing yards per game. Adrian Peterson still carried the Vikings to the playoffs as the centerpiece of the offense, but the squad needs someone to stretch the field.
Harvin is that type of player, but it does not help the team if he also causes disruptions in the locker room.
Fortunately, there is certain to be a large demand for him. The 24-year-old has done well in his four years in the league as a receiver, rusher and kick returner. He has scored at least once in all three roles in each of the last three seasons, making him a valuable all-around weapon.
Versatility and playmaking ability are certain to keep Harvin on a roster somewhere in the NFL. However, he probably won't stay in Minnesota.