For the second time in less than one year, Percy Harvin has officially demanded a trade out of Minnesota.
This time, according to Sid Hartman:
“The latest word from some good sources around the NFL is that Harvin, who missed the final seven regular-season games as well as the playoff game because of a serious ankle injury, has told the Vikings that he doesn’t want to play for them and wants to be traded.”
This all sounds so familiar. Probably because it just happened eight months ago.
This shouldn’t be a surprise – this Harvin drama has been at the center of every Vikings discussion for months, and this was the next logical step.
Harvin wants out, that much has been clear for months. In order for that to happen, he needs to use the only power he has and try to force the Vikings hand with (another) trade demand. It doesn’t mean the Vikings will do it, but forcing the situation into the public eye even more squeezes them to make a decision.
Frankly, Spielman and the Vikings have no other options at this point. This wack-job thinks he deserves Calvin Johnson money and expects it in his new contract. Beyond the fact that the Vikings, a run-first team, wouldn’t pay any receiver that money, there’s simply no way Harvin is worth Calvin Johnson money. Don’t get me wrong, Harvin’s an immense talent, and he’s the best at what he does, but he’s a superbly talented slot wide receiver, a complementary piece.
He’s not a building block, especially with that attitude and those “migraines.”
The Vikings got all they could out of Percy Harvin. It’s time he get his wish and become someone else’s headache.