Brian Peterson, Star Tribune
VIKINGS MINICAMP Through Thursday
Harvin wants Vikings to consider trading him
- Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD and DAN WIEDERER
- Star Tribune
- June 20, 2012 - 12:57 PM
Percy Harvin's power play reached its second stage when, a day after expressing his unhappiness at Vikings mini-camp, it was revealed he has asked for a trade.
A source close to the situation confirmed the trade request to the Star Tribune. The trade request was first reported by the Associated Press.
Harvin did not speak to the media after the first session of the Vikings mini-camp Wednesday morning. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he hoped to use Harvin more in his offense this season, and that the relationship between the two was "excellent."
Harvin has two years left on his rookie contract, and his value to the Vikings can best be expressed by his performance during the six games that star running back Adrian Peterson didn't finish last season. In those six games, Harvin averaged eight catches, 96 yards and a TD.
On Wednesday, Peterson said he was sure the organization would "do what it takes" to keep Harvin around.
During Tuesday's opening day of minicamp at Winter Park, Harvin talked about his frustration with several unspecified issues that he wanted to have resolved before training camp begins in Mankato near the end of July.
Those issues were speculated to have included a desire for a new contract or a larger role in the offense. The confirmation of the trade request came as a bit of a surprise.
Harvin never mentioned the word "contract" when he talked to the media on Tuesday, but he mentioned the word "unhappy" more than once.
The Vikings receiver hinted that he wants the remaining years of the five-year, $12.05 million deal he signed as a rookie in 2009 reworked.
"I'll put it this way, it's a lot of different things that have to be sorted out," Harvin said on Tuesday. "Just haven't been too happy lately. So we've got a couple things to work on."
The final two years of Harvin's contract call for base salaries of $915,000 and $1.55 million. With potential bonuses, those two years could be worth around $2.5 million.
Harvin, already a Pro Bowl kick returner, had 87 catches and 1,312 total offensive yards (967 receiving, 345 rushing) last season.
Harvin had minor shoulder surgery during the offseason and participated in some of the optional workouts. He took part in some early drills during afternoon practice following his morning press briefing, but not in the scrimmage portion of the workout. He fell on his shoulder at one point.
"I felt it a little bit," he said. "But that's part of it. Each week it will get stronger and stronger."
Harvin added: "I don't want to be a distraction. ... Any issues I have, on a personal level, are dealt with aside from the team."
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the two would meet.
"I really feel like when he and I sit down to talk in depth, whatever that it is that is on his heart or on his mind, we'll get through it," Frazier said. "I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be at training camp. I expect him to be at camp."
Harvin has been one of the most consistently productive players for the Vikings the past three seasons. He won offensive rookie of the year honors after catching 60 passes for 790 yards and six touchdowns in 2009. Harvin has amassed 5,821 yards in receiving, rushing and kick returns in three seasons.
But there have been health issues. He has battled migraine headaches that have kept him out of many practices and a few games.
Harvin said he would keep the specifics of his unhappiness between him and team officials, and said he hoped the problem could be solved between minicamp and training camp.
"I'm just not happy," he said. "I won't go into how unhappy. I'm just overall not happy with a couple situations."
Reporters pressed Harvin, asking if he was specifically talking about his contract, but he wouldn't bite.
"We got a lot of time between now and then, hopefully a lot of conversations. It's different issues. It's hard to tell you guys without telling you guys. I'll just keep it at that."
Staff writer Chris Miller contributed to this story.
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