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Friday (Report: Percy Harvin threatened to walk out last year) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: March 8, 2013 - 10:05 AM

 

The twists and turns of Percy Harvin in purple added a new element last night when Yahoo's Jason Cole posted a speculative but informational report on what the Vikings might be thinking.

 

Some of the key takeaways:

According to multiple reports, the Vikings are one of the lead suitors for free agent wideout Mike Wallace. While quarterback Christian Ponder would be armed with a pair of big-play threats, Minnesota could very well be preparing itself to part ways with Harvin.

Harvin, who is set to be a free agent after the 2013 season, is itching for a new deal now. And if the Vikings don't give Harvin an extension this offseason, it's believed he may hold out just like Vincent Jackson did with San Diego in 2010, according to a team source.

As rumors of Harvin being on the trade block have surfaced this offseason, numerous teams have been linked to him, including New England and San Francisco.

Thus, you have to wonder if the Vikings, who have a pretty strong understanding of the situation based on what happened last offseason, are willing to trade Harvin if they can sign an alternative? Harvin threatened to walk out on the team last offseason after hearing that former Florida teammate Aaron Hernandez received a contract extension after only two years.

"[The Vikings are] in a tough spot," one source said. "If you don't take some aggressive action, this could get really bad."

Again, nothing concrete in there. But there has been more than enough smoke in all this to believe Harvin just might not work out long-term in Minnesota, for whatever reason. Admittedly, we've wavered along with the roller-coaster, alternating between "trade him right [redacted] now" and "you can't trade a guy with so much talent."

But if you can sign Mike Wallace, develop Jarius Wright, get a high pick (or picks) for Harvin and rid yourself of this constant headache (pun intended?), then maybe it makes too much sense not to do it.

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