With trade rumors swirling, Percy Harvin is now expected to holdout if the Viking don’t give him a contract extension this off-season.
Explosive both on and off the field, the embattled wide receiver feels disrespected by Minnesota and wants to be paid for his performance on the field.
If rumors of his behavior off the field and in the locker room are true though, the Vikings may be better off trading Harvin, especially if he does decide to holdout for a bigger contract.
According to Pro Football Talk, Percy Harvin has been unhappy with the Viking for awhile and actually requested a trade last off-season. After having his request denied, the speedy wide receiver viewed last season as a contract year.
In reality, he has one year left on his rookie contract. Harvin is set to make $2.9 million in 2013 and ESPN reports he could fetch a contract in the same arena as Vincent Jackson’s $55 million deal with the Buccaneers in free agency.
Pro Football Talk breaks down the situation:
“Because Harvin has four years of service, he could stay away from training camp and skip up to 10 weeks of the regular season while still getting credit toward the final year of his contract and becoming an unrestricted free agent next year. Though he would face significant fines and the loss of multiple game checks, a holdout is likely unless he signs a new contract.”
With a number of teams looking for help at wide receiver, Minnesota should have plenty of suitors if they don’t want to pay Harvin.
Do you think holding out is the right move for Percy Harvin to make amidst recent trade rumors?