The Minnesota Vikings head into the NFL off-season with a lot of uncertainty concerning the immediate future of versatile wide receiver Percy Harvin. Although Harvin is still under contract with the Vikings for next season, the wideout is ready to holdout in order to force the team to pay him what he believes he deserves.
Apparently, rather than paying Harvin, the Vikings are prepared to trade the 24-year-old before next season. Harvin wanted to be traded before the 2012 season due to the contract situation, but Minnesota chose to retain him for at least one more year.
With Harvin possibly being traded at some point in the near future, reigning NFL MVP and teammate Adrian Peterson believes it won’t be a good move via Brian Hall of Fox Sports North:
NFL MVP running back Adrian Peterson said he wouldn’t trade Harvin, the talented, temperamental receiver who is looking for a new contract.“I don’t know if we will or not, but me, individually and in my opinion, I wouldn’t trade him,” Peterson told KFAN radio in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. “No, I wouldn’t trade him.”
Before going down with a season-ending foot injury, Harvin was starting to receive some recognition as a candidate for MVP. Although Peterson ultimately won the award rushing for the second-highest rushing total in NFL franchise with 2,097 yards, Harvin was arguably the team’s best player on offense in the first-half of the season and started to get consideration as an elite player at his position.
With Harvin becoming the team’s best player downfield, quarterback Christian Ponder also improved his play and the Vikings began to hit their stride. Minnesota ultimately made the playoffs and seem to be a team on the rise in the NFC, but may take a two steps back rather than another step forward next season without being able to retain Harvin or getting equal value in return.