Before the 2012 campaign began for the Minnesota Vikings, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding two of the team’s best players. Superstar running back Adrian Peterson was coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL while wide receiver Percy Harvin publicly expressed his displeasure about playing in Minnesota.
It appeared to be the beginning of dark times in Minnesota once again with Peterson potentially never the same after the serious injury and Harvin seeking a way out in the form of a trade.
Harvin, on the other hand, had his season cut short due to a nagging foot injury, but was on the verge of a breakout season himself.
As a result of being shutdown by the team due to injury, Harvin reportedly lashed out at head coach Leslie Frazier and may be on his way out of Minnesota as a result with the team pursuing a trade for the troubled wideout according to WCCO’s Mike Max:
The Vikings will try to trade him, Max reports, as Harvin does have market value.
Although Harvin is the team’s best asset downfield and arguably one of the most versatile wide receivers in the NFL today, the Vikings trading the veteran seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Harvin felt as if he’s been underpaid in Minnesota even before the altercation with Frazier and the blow up following being placed on the team’s injured reserve was the icing on the cake.
Despite being difficult to deal with and a potential problem in the locker room, Harvin will receive considerable interest on the trade market with plenty of teams interested in his services. The Vikings will take a hit in the passing game unless they can acquire a receiver or two in return for Harvin, but the two sides parting ways is the smart move from here on out to avoid the wideout leaving via free agency with nothing in return.