Why Mike Max Is Worth Questioning On Percy Harvin Rumors


Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals to start the game but the play was called back on a penalty by the Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Listen, I was caught abuzz when this news broke that the Vikings were looking to trade Percy Harvin. He’s a dynamic player, a threat to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball and is far too talented to send away at the ripe age of 24 unless of course the Vikings can get a first round pick and then some for him. Think Herschel Walker type deal here.

What I don’t understand is the following… Who on God’s Green Earth is Mike Max? Is this some sort of random reporter at WCCO who’s trying to build a name for himself with sort of hack job on how Harvin blew up on coach Leslie Frazier months ago? What did he add to the story that’s not already Tom Pelissero’s work? It was indeed Pelissero who broke that story weeks ago on this blow-up toward Frazier while also hedging his bet that Harvin’s future with this team was uncertain. I, for one, want to hear something new before being up in arms over Harvin’s future with the team unless it’s from Pelissero or KFAN’s Paul Allen on the team. No disrespect to others (who’s names will not be mentioned), but there just hasn’t been enough credibility established towards breaking news since Jeremy Fowler left the Pioneer Press to follow his true love in the college game.

But what’s still struggling is that we’re still entering a giant abyss here. When there’s Percy Harvin there’s drama. And unless you’re talking to either general manager Rick Spielman or coach Leslie Frazier, both of which will give you canned answers, there’s nothing new to report here. Neither has spoken to the media today, the NFL calendar doesn’t allow free agency to begin until Marcy 12th and you mean to tell me that doesn’t play into when this Mike Max breaks the story? What is known though is both Spielman and Frazier think highly of Harvin as a “football player” and whether that’s to play into a contract extension or leverage his trade value has yet to play out. Then there’s Percy who changes his state of mind more often than other human. Let’s just be patient here while realizing the Vikings continue to move in the right direction with nearly every major issue (including Harvin) kept under lock and key. Favre Watch was draining enough.

Jon Merckle may be followed on Twitter @thevikingpig