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NFL Lines - Harvin Wants Out

Posted by Elio Masi on 6/21/2012 1:09:03 PM

NFL Lines – Harvin Wants Out

Percy Harvin is not happy in Minnesota and has made sure to do something about it. The four-year pro has requested a trade from the Vikings and will not go down quietly. After pointing to issues with the NFL lines organization one-day prior, Percy Harvin requested his trade on Wednesday.

“I’ll just put it this way -- it’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out. Just haven’t been real happy lately. So, we’ve got a couple things to work on. I’m here in the classroom, so we’ll go from here.”

Although Harvin keeps hinting on problems within the organization, the purple and gold’s head coach, Leslie Frazier, wasn’t worried about the Harvin situation on Tuesday, however he might be feeling a little differently a couple days later. Despite being at practice on NFL lines Tuesday, Harvin did not practice extensively and didn't show up at all the following day. Considering he is the team’s best receiver and is currently signed to a great contract, Frazier and company might want to look for other alternatives then down-playing the whole situation.

Considering their next two starters would most likely be (the less-talented) Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, the Vikings have two options. Trade him for a wide receiver of the same caliber or do whatever it takes to make him happy. According to speculation, there are two possible reasons why he might want out. One is that he was unhappy with the way the Vikings handled his injury and the other is that he’d like more money. If it’s a money issue, Minnesota might want to consider extending his contract past the two years for big bucks in order to give him something to look forward to.

Either way, given his absence from a mandatory afternoon minicamp practice on Wednesday, the Vikings may want to act quickly in order to avoid irreparable damage. Given general manager Spielman’s statement saying he has “no interest at all in trading,” he might want to sit down with Harvin and mend the break before it becomes a crevasse.

Elio’s Edge
Looks like the Vikings’ “run first” attitude might not change so much after all this NFL lines season. With Harvin currently out of the lineup and Jenkins ad Aromashodu next in line, it looks like yet another season will fall on Adrian Peterson’s shoulders. If Spielman is unable to come to terms with Harvin, he should definitely consider trading for another wideout in order to give Christian Ponder a target for next season. The Vikings can’t afford to let Harvin sit the entire season without it poking huge holes in their hopes for an average season, let alone making the playoffs. Vikings need to handle the situation discretely and quickly in order to allow keeping him to be a solution. If the drama continues to unfold and he becomes a bigger distraction to the NFL lines team while continuing to miss practices, Spielman will need to trade him on principal.

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