His explosiveness made it tough for the Vikings to give him up, but tougher to keep him.
Even when the end had passed with the conflict irreversible, the finality felt awkward.
On March 12, there was Percy Harvin, for four seasons a Viking, all of a sudden sitting at an introductory news conference in Seattle with a new head coach and a new general manager, flashing an effervescent smile.
From 1,600 miles away, with the Vikings taking cursory interest in the proceedings, it just felt odd.
An array of Seahawks logos adorned the backdrop, driving home the reality of the blockbuster trade/exit strategy that Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman had devised to separate from a player who no longer fit.
Even with fulfillment in a deal that brought back three draft picks, a few ounces of disappointment percolated.
If only things could have worked out …
They hadn’t of course. So Harvin’s enthusiasm during his Seattle introduction briefly complicated the closure.
It exposed both the anguish associated with saying goodbye and the satisfaction of saying good riddance.
Seven days later, at the NFL’s annual meetings in Phoenix, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier still struggled to summarize it all. He acknowledged unwavering admiration for Harvin’s toughness and elite playmaking ability. Yet Frazier felt somewhat hollow too.
“I wish things could have played out differently,” he said. “I do. But it’s hard for me to talk about Percy Harvin now knowing that he’s a Seattle Seahawk.”
Harvin, meanwhile, instantly embraced his new opportunity. It was obvious from the minute he sat between Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider that he was giddy.
This was the fresh start he craved. He characterized his arrival in Seattle as “a blessing,” “a big relief,” “a dream come true.”
He expressed enthusiasm about the chance to join forces with promising quarterback Russell Wilson.
He sounded liberated. But from what exactly?
That’s the mystery that, despite a whirlwind of speculation, still hasn’t been solved. The Vikings continue protecting the details. Four years of on-again, off-again drama with Harvin had grown exhausting.
But the flash point that severed the relationship never has been leaked.
|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Miami||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|San Diego||12/12/13 7:25 PM|
|Toronto||74||4th Qtr 12:00|
|LA Lakers||39||2nd Qtr 4:17|
|Utah||44||2nd Qtr 4:09|
|Sam Houston St||77|
|Open Bible College||0||Postponed|
|Fairfield||74||2nd Half 1:50|
|South Carolina||23||2nd Half 15:25|
|Towson||52||2nd Half 12:58|
|Stephen F Austin||47|
|UC Santa Barbara||27|
|Bowling Green||34||4th Qtr 14:20|
|(16) Northern Ill||20|
|(15) UCF||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(18) Oklahoma||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(6) Oklahoma State|
|Marshall||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||12/7/13 12:00 PM|
|(23) Texas||12/7/13 2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||12/7/13 3:00 PM|
|So Florida||12/7/13 6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||12/7/13 6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Louisiana||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(2) Ohio State||12/7/13 7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||12/7/13 9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
|No Dakota State||63||FINAL|
|Idaho||29||2nd Half 15:35|
|Oregon State||22||2nd Half|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon|