The issues between receiver Percy Harvin and the Vikings have been widely mischaracterized, according to a source close to the team. Harvin’s frustration is based around the scope of the passing game and not his contract. Harvin’s complaints have been about football and not money.
While the Vikings have explored contract options for him — as is the norm for any top young player entering the final year of his deal — Harvin’s trade requests have been based on the limitations of Minnesota’s passing game and not his contract, according to the source, who has knowledge of the Vikings’ thinking. Harvin has not complained about his deal to the team and has never threatened to hold out based on his contract. Several reports have misrepresented the nature of Harvin’s concerns and what he has conveyed to the team.
Harvin was upset with the Vikings’ offense last offseason. Then things supposedly were worked out. I guess things never really changed.
If Harvin is really unhappy in Minnesota, he would be smart to play out the final year of his current deal and leave in free agency.