Spielman: Vikings not trying to deal Harvin
FEB 15, 2013 12:12p ET
"We have no intent of trading Percy Harvin," Spielman said. "Percy Harvin is under contract, we and expect him, just like all our players, to be here under contract. He is a very good football player. Everybody knows what he does for our football team."
Several reports this week have focused on Harvin. One quoted sources saying Minnesota would attempt to trade the talented but temperamental receiver. Another said Harvin would "stay away from offseason activities and training camp without a new contract in place." Harvin, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract that is slated to pay him $2.9 million this season, well below the average of other top receivers in the league.
Friday, a report from CBS' Jason LaCanfora quoted a source close to the team saying Harvin is more upset about the focus of the Vikings' run-first offense than his contract.
"I know (offensive coordinator) Bill Musgrave does a great job, I think, trying to get Percy (with the ball in his hands), but I'll leave that between the coaches and Percy," Spielman said Friday. "That's something that between coach and Percy."
Harvin led the Vikings in receptions (62) and receiving yards (677) last season despite missing seven games with an ankle injury. He led the NFL in catches and kickoff return average when he was hurt in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks.
The questions surrounding Harvin, touted early in the season as an MVP candidate, re-emerged when he left the team after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve Dec. 5. While the Vikings were making an unexpected run to the playoffs, Harvin returned home to Florida. A reported tirade against coach Leslie Frazier was rumored as one reason Harvin was put on IR, but the team has never confirmed that.
Spielman, who said at his season-ending press conference in January that there are "no issues" with Harvin, said the late-season absence wasn't an issue. Harvin later returned to Minnesota after the season and has passed his physical.
"We felt comfortable enough with him, just like we had a couple other players that went and rehabbed off-site," Spielman said.
Harvin said he was unhappy last summer during the team's mandatory minicamp. He missed a practice and reportedly asked for a trade. That issue seemed to have blown over by the time training camp rolled around, and Harvin was a vital piece in Minnesota's offense, the early-season focal point while running back Adrian Peterson continued his recovery from knee surgery.
The Vikings have often extended players' contracts heading into the final year of their deals. Harvin is still waiting for an extension, or trade, and Spielman declined to comment on the future of his star receiver.
"Again, there is no intent to trade Percy Harvin," Spielman said. "He is a very good football player. I'm not going to talk about any contractual issues because those are kept internal."
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