Percy Harvin: Vikings Must Meet Star Wide Receiver's Offensive Demands

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 15, 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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Star wide receiver Percy Harvin appears to be unhappy with the Minnesota Vikings offense and that's the reason behind his trade demands. However, the Vikings would be wise to bolster their offense in order to keep Harvin.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Harvin isn't unhappy about his contract situation, but rather the overall state of the Vikings' passing attack:

The issues between receiver Percy Harvin and the Vikings have been widely mischaracterized, according to a source close to the team. Harvin's frustration is based around the scope of the passing game and not his contract. Harvin's complaints have been about football and not money.

Now that we know this isn't about money, I can't say I blame Harvin one bit for wanting to be dealt.

The Vikings did make the playoffs last season, but that success was despite their passing game, not because of it.

Minnesota ranked No. 31 in the NFL in passing yards per game and were saved on the offensive end by one man and one man only: Adrian Peterson.

AP was a beast for the Vikings after returning from a torn ACL he suffered near the end of the 2011-12 season.

Peterson took home the Associated Press' Most Valuable Player award after compiling a near record-breaking season with 2,097 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns. With such a one-dimensional offense, it was even more impressive what Peterson was able to accomplish.

The limitation on the Vikings' passing attack has been a result of shaky quarterback play during Harvin's time with the team. The most recent culprit was second-year signal-caller Christian Ponder, whose skills didn't exactly allow for a potent passing game last season.

If the Vikings are to keep Harvin happy and in Viking purple, it seems they will need a new man behind center in order to help expand their offense through the air.

After all, Harvin is one of the most versatile receivers in the NFL today, so it's nothing short of a shame that Minnesota can't use him in more ways with the roster as is.

According to Tom Pelissero of, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says the team has no intentions of trading Harvin.

If that's the case, then the Vikings must make an upgrade at the quarterback position. The franchise could realistically bring in a more experienced quarterback in either the free-agent or trade markets as there should be a good amount available this offseason.

In that instance, the Vikings can still hold on to Ponder if they wish to do so, and the 24-year-old can earn the starting job while battling it out with whoever it is the Vikings bring in.

No matter how they do it, the Vikings must meet Harvin's demands for a change on offense. Not only would it benefit the team and give Minnesota a more dynamic offense, but it will also allow them to keep one of the most talented wide receivers in the game.