Source: Vikings Eyeing Harvin TradeBy Nick T.
The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly putting the disgruntled wide receiving Percy Harvin on the trading block, according to Mike Max of WCCO.
“Multiple sources tell Max that Harvin had an embarrassing tirade directed toward Frasier, disrespecting the coach during the season when Harvin was sidelined with an injured ankl.e
“Teammates were present, and Max was told that is when Harvin left the team and was put on injured reserve…The vikings will try to trade him, Max reports, as Harvin does have market value.”
Harvin hasn’t started a game since he went to the disabled list in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks. Though, it turned out he was a disposable wide out for the Vikings, after the team finished with a 5-2 record in the remaining seven games to reach the postseason in 2012.
The 24-year-old wide out will undoubtedly draw some interest this offseason. In his nine games this season, Harvin led the team with 62 catches and 677 receiving yards, which includes eight games with 80+ yards.
Still, teams could remain hesitant on trading for Harvin, who has one year left on his contract until he becomes a free agent. For one, he has issues with his on-field behavior and never seemed to mesh well with the Vikings coaching staff.
The news even leaked out to quarterback Christian Ponder, who told KFAN’s Paul Allen the following on the topic of his No. 1 receiver’s future.
“I’m not sure, I don’t know. We’ll see. I mean, we’ll see how everything shakes out. I’m not sure what [general manager] Rick Spielman’s gonna be doing. Obviously, it’d be nice to have [Harvin]. He’s a heck of a player.
“Obviously, everyone saw how tough he was physically and mentally. And he had a lot of leadership qualities. He was a good teammate.”
After Harvin went down in Week 9, Minnesota opted to stick with its running game for good. Unfortunately, the passing game suffered with the team finishing 31st in the league with 172 passing yards per game.
The best case scenario is that Harvin lands with a veteran team who can stabilize his behavioral issues. If he does get traded, he possesses elite playmaking ability and a No. 1 receiving option for most teams.