It was reported last week that the Minnesota Vikings were actively trying to trade Percy Harvin, thus ridding themselves of the problem he’s become. But while a trade of Harvin isn’t out of the question, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is saying publicly that the team has “no intent” to trade Harvin this offseason.
Rick Spielman said the #Vikings “have no intent” of trading Percy Harvin; they expect him to be in camp like the rest of their players.
— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) February 15, 2013
No intent — meaning they don’t want to trade him but if they have to they aren’t going to say no.
This is a similar trick being played by the Philadelphia Eagles in regards to quarterback Nick Foles. The Eagles want to trade him but they can’t allow the the other 31 teams in the NFL to know they want to dump him otherwise they won’t get the maximum return for him. This is the exact situation the Vikings find themselves in at the moment with Harvin.
The problem with Harvin in Minnesota seems to be his attitude, specifically his stance on the passing game. The Vikings have acknowledged that they are having and have been having problems with Harvin’s attitude, saying today that any issue with the receier has to do with his feeling on the passing game and not his contract.
For the record, Harvin is entering the final year of his deal with the Vikings, serving as motivation for the team to trade him rather than pay him and they try to work out their differences.
When Brad Childress was head coach, Harvin had a notable argument with him that turned violent. Harvin was reportedly upset that the team had waived Randy Moss and as a result he went on a temper tantrum that saw him hurl a weight in the direction of Childress. He’s also had noted confrontations with current head coach Leslie Frazier, including a flamboyant argument during the Vikings loss to the Seahawks this past season.
Again, for the record, the Vikings have decided to stick with Frazier as their head coach for the foreseeable future meaning they’ve made it clear if things come down to Harvin or Frazier their mind has been made up.
Unlike Titus Young, who possess similar skill as Harvin at a fraction of the cost, teams in the NFL will lineup to get a crack at adding an explosive weapon like Harvin to their roster. But this saga has only just begun and a resolution won’t come soon enough.