We see situations like this in sports every year and regardless of the reasons, I think those players should almost always be traded.
There's nothing good that can be said about someone who decides to think they're bigger than the team and have something like this get out into the public.
The Vikings have a rather shallow receiving corps beyond Harvin, with veterans Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashadu being joined by rookies Jarius Wright and Greg Childs. They also brought in former Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson, but he will miss the first three games of the season due to suspension.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has said the team has "no interest" in trading Harvin, which is understandable. Harvin is easily the most explosive receiver on the team. He is coming off an 87-catch season in which he had 967 yards and six touchdowns. It was also the first year he played in all 16 games.
However, here are some of the reasons the Vikings should move him.
What are his reasons for wanting out? Is it his contract? Does he want to be involved more in the offense? Does it even matter?
The Vikings have a young quarterback in Christian Ponder who they appear to be committed to. In order for him to succeed, issues like this will hurt that team chemistry.
They still have Adrian Peterson, and they brought in tight end John Carlson. They can line him up in a two-tight end set with Kyle Rudolph and rely on AP, which is what they should do. In an offense like that, a player like Aromoshodu or Simpson just needs to give them something.
The news of this has already gone public, meaning the value of a trade is high. The longer the Vikings wait, the less they'll receive in return.
Maybe the Vikes could trade him for another receiver? At the very least, they should be able to get a high draft pick in return, and there are plenty of teams that would be interested in bringing Harvin in.
Coming off a 3-13 season, head coach Leslie Frazier is under some pressure heading into this season. The last thing he'll want to deal with is a controversy like this, especially a prolonged one.
Why keep an unhappy player? If he is demanding a trade, trade him. Unless, that is, the Vikings can repair all these mystery issues very quickly.