Does Vikings star receiver Percy Harvin want out of Minnesota?
One day after publicly expressing frustration over several unspecified issues with the Vikings, the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Harvin has requested a trade.
When speaking with reporters Tuesday during the team’s first day of a mandatory minicamp, Harvin said he was “unhappy” with several things pertaining to himself and the team and wanted them addressed before training camp begins July 26. He did not specify what those issues were.
Harvin is still playing under a rookie contract that will pay him $915,000 in 2012. He also played in only 58.8 percent of the Vikings’ offensive snaps last year, according to ProFootballFocus.com"I just put it this way, there's a lot of different things that have to be sorted out," Harvin said Tuesday. "Just haven't been really happy lately. We've got a couple of things to work on. I'm here in the classroom. We'll go from there."
Harvin, along with running back Adrian Peterson, is one of the team’s few playmakers on offense. He was the team's first-round draft pick in 2009 and ranks third in the NFL in total yards since 2009.
Harvin is the Vikings’ only proven receiver heading into his fourth season. He posted career highs in receptions (87), yards (967) and total touchdowns (nine) last year. In six career games against the Lions, Harvin has averaged six catches for 57 yards. He has three touchdowns and has averaged 27 yards per kickoff return.
Harvin is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but worked out with the Vikings during an afternoon practice on Tuesday. The Vikings have "no interest at all in trading" Harvin, general manager Rick Spielman told ESPN Wednesday. It should be interesting to see how this one plays out?
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