Vikings GM Says They Don’t Plan on Trading Percy Harvin
Another year, another round of rumors about Percy Harvin being on the trading block and not wanting to be a Minnesota Viking any longer. The Vikings front office hasn’t done much to address those rumors in the past, but that changed Friday.
StarTribune.com is reporting that Vikings GM Rick Spielman addressed reporters on the Harvin issue and said that they have no “intent of trade Percy Harvin”.
Harvin is due to make $2.9 million in the final year of his rookie contract, but is seeking the kind of lucrative long-term extension that the Vikings have given other core players heading into the final year of their rookie deals. Whether Harvin and the Vikings can agree on compensation remains to be seen. Finding a meeting point that satisfies Harvin and protects the Vikings against an injury-prone player who has clashed at times with the coaching staff won’t be easy.
Despite Spielman’s comments, there are those that focus on his words “no intent”. That could be read as the Vikings won’t actively seek out a trade but if a terrific offer comes their way they would listen.
I think Harvin is a special player on the field and the Vikings should do what they can to keep him on the offense and sign another proven receiver who can stretch the field a bit. Dwayne Bowe would be a nice, big target to help free up Percy.
If the Vikings do trade Harvin, and a #1 draft pick is not involved in a package deal, then they have made a big mistake.