Percy Harvin trade rumors are swirling out of Minnesota where the team is reportedly tired of the antics of the play-making wide receiver.
The Vikings are said to be putting Harvin on the trade block, the result of tensions that boiled over during the season,Mike Max of WCCO in Minneapolis reported.
In November, Harvin went on a tirade against coach Leslie Frazier, one that seemed to put the receiver in the doghouse with his fellow players. It’s not the first time he’s had a public disagreement with the Vikings staff, either. Two years ago Harvin had a similar blowup with then-head coach Brad Childress.
A Percy Harvin trade could be good both for the Vikings and for Harvin. The wide receiver could flourish in a more pass-centric offense, and with the re-emergence of Adrian Peterson after missing 2011 with an injury, the Vikings look decidedly like a run-first team.
At the same time, the surprising Vikings could do well with getting rid of the distraction Harvin has become. The team marked a dramatic turnaround this season, finishing 10-6 after going 3-13 in 2011, and if the Vikings want to become a serious contender they could get rid of a player that’s creating friction in the locker room.
The Percy Harvin trade seems like a foregone conclusion, Sports Illustrated noted. In an interview last month, quarterback Christian Ponder referred to him in the past tense, and general manager Rick Spielman was non-committal when asked about Harvin this week, saying only that he was a good football player and “We don’t like to get rid of good football players.”