Jun 19, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) sits on a hill near the practice fields at Vikings minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Expect Percy Harvin At Training Camp

The Vikings expect Percy Harvin at training camp despite reports of a trade request.

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Vikings Expect Percy Harvin At Training Camp

The Minnesota Vikings ran into what looked to be a pretty large issue last week when news broke that Percy Harvin was likely to holdout to start the season. Quite a bit of backtracking has occurred since then, however, and it's now expected that Harvin will be in attendance for training camp.

Trade rumors immediately followed the holdout news last week, but it seems that everything has been cleared up, and Harvin and the Vikings are back on the same page. 1500 ESPN's Judd Zulgad has more in his notes column.

While it remains unclear exactly what caused Percy Harvin to threaten not to show up when the Minnesota Vikings report to training camp next month, team officials appear confident that three days of damage control done last week mean the talented and moody wide receiver will be in Mankato on time.

"I fully expect to see (Harvin) and his teammates there," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said during a recent appearance on "Judd & Phunn" on 1500 ESPN. "I don't foresee anybody not showing up for training camp. I don't see anything that would keep that from happening."

It's an odd turn of events in Minnesota, but considering the Vikings weren't likely to give in to Harvin's trade request, this result probably is best for both sides.

For more on Harvin and the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.

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Percy Harvin Returns To Vikings Practice

There's no word yet on whether or not Percy Harvin has backed off his trade demands, and the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver isn't resorting to sitting out of multiple practices to get his way if he hasn't. He showed up to work on Thursday, and Leslie Frazier spoke to the media about his presence.

"Percy is here, we are looking forward to have him around, and will be a part of final mini-camp practice."

Harvin is going to make less than seven figures in base salary this season, but he claims that money is not the reason he wants out of Minnesota. What, exactly Harvin dislikes about his situation to the point where he demanded a trade is anyone's guess at this point, but Vikings fans will like to hear that he's willing to show up to minicamp, even if he'd much rather be somewhere else.

For more on Harvin and the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.

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Percy Harvin Says Contract Not The Problem With Vikings

After the report that Percy Harvin requested a trade from the Minnesota Vikings, the first thought that pops into your head is that this is over money, like most trade requests. But, according to Harvin, his issues are not related to his contract, which has two years remaining.

Well then. This makes the situation a lot more curious. It's unclear at this point exactly what is making Harvin unhappy if a new contract has been ruled as the reason for his trade request.

At this point there's no reason to think the Vikings will trade him considering the GM, Rick Spielman, has already publicly declared that they plan to keep Harvin.

For more on Harvin and the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.

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A Look At Percy Harvin Trade Scenarios

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin wants to be traded. SB Nation's football bloggers weigh the scenarios for their teams.

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Minnesota Vikings GM Says No Percy Harvin Trade Coming

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman told the media on Wednesday afternoon that the team had no intentions of trading disgruntled wide receiver Percy Harvin. According to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press, that was pretty much the extent of Spielman's comments on the situation with Harvin.

Spielman added that Harvin remains a central part of the team's plans going forward, praising his talent and love for the game. The general manager did point out his history of extending player contracts in the final year of their deals. It was a notable statement given that Harvin has two years left on his contract.

Money might not be the only matter at hand in the Harvin situation. Fowler noted earlier, citing a pair of sources that the contract was not the only issue behind Harvin's recent unhappiness. What other issues may be at play, were still not clear.

Harvin saw his snap count reduced last season. He was also part of a committee for kick returns last season, returning just 16, for a very productive 520 yards and one touchdown, after returning at least 40 in the previous two seasons.

For more on Harvin and the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman.

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Minnesota Vikings Unlikely To Trade Percy Harvin Or Pay Him More

Percy Harvin gave drought-starved NFL armchair general managers a splash of rain on Wednesday morning, announcing to the world that he would like the Minnesota Vikings to trade him. Questions from fans and trade scenarios flooded Twitter, but it was probably all just a fever dream of possibility. Adam Schefter of ESPN and others have noted that the Vikings are unlikely to deal the disgruntled receiver, even as they face the potential for a lengthy holdout.

Schefter points out that Harvin's request is not an uncommon one for players seeking some leverage in contract dealings. The 2009 Offensive Rookie of the Year leads a Vikings depth chart filled with mostly question marks and inexperience at wide receiver, not to mention a pressing need to develop quarterback Christian Ponder, last year's first-round pick. Harvin has some leverage given the situation.

The Vikings are said to be wary of paying the receiver anything beyond his current contract and potential bonuses. According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota, the team is concerned with Harvin's injury history and how it could impact his future career. On top of that, the team has concerns about his off-field issues and previous run-ins with the former coaching staff there, most famously former head coach Brad Childress.

So how does Harvin's disenchantment reconcile with the Vikings tentativeness for a new deal?

Trading Harvin for draft picks in 2013 would do nothing for the Vikings in 2012. He is eligible to bump his 2013 base salary beyond $3.3 million, well above the currently scheduled $1.55 million, based on incentives this season. They have some backup options after drafting a pair of receivers, including slot receiver Jarius Wright, and signing Jerome Simpson as a free agent (though he's suspended for the first three games of the year). None measure up to Harvin's current value, but could be enough to withstand a short holdout.

Harvin's best chance of getting traded after the season or getting the kind of contract extension he wants means playing in 2012, and the Vikings know that.

For more on the Vikings and Harvin, check out Daily Norseman.

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Percy Harvin Wants Vikings To Trade Him, According To Report

The Associated Press is reporting Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has requested a trade due to unspecified issues. The request comes a day after Harvin had strongly hinted that he would consider holding out from training camp for these same unspecified reasons.

Head coach Leslie Frazier indicated Harvin did not have an issue with his role in the offense, which would seem to leave the issue as being a contract problem. Harvin's rookie contract has two years left, during which he could earn a maximum of $3.4925 million. There has been no specific mention of the contract being an issue, but there are few other issues that immediately come to mind.

If the contract is the issue, the Vikings are in a tough situation. Harvin was the team's leading receiver last season and is an important part of the Christian Ponder development process. The potential problem in working out a long-term deal is Harvin's injury history. He has not missed a lot of games, but he has had constant knicks and bruises, and of course there's the matter of his well-known migraine issue. The Vikings have to factor that into their decision on what kind of deal to offer Harvin.

For more Vikings coverage, check out Daily Norseman.

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Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin 'Not Happy' And May Holdout

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was at his team's minicamp this week, but he might not be there when training camp rolls around at the end of July. Harvin told reporters on Tuesday that he was "not happy with a couple situations." Though Harvin did not elaborate on the issues, he said things needed to be resolved before he would report to training camp on July 26.

One of those "situations" might very well be his contract. Harvin, a first-round pick in 2009, has two years left on his five-year, $12.5 million rookie contract. He is due just $915,000 in base salary this season and $1.55 million in 2013.

Harvin's value to the team is clear. He was Minnesota's top receiver last year with 87 catches for 967 yards and six touchdowns. It was the second season in a row that he was the team's leading receiver, and he will be counted on even more in 2012 with questions about Adrian Peterson's health and second-year quarterback Christian Ponder taking over for his first full season under center.

Head coach Leslie Frazier was optimistic that Harvin would be in training camp this year. According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500, Frazier ruled out that it had anything to do with Harvin's role in the offense.

Harvin was limited in spring workouts because of offseason shoulder surgery.

The Vikings receiver is one of several high profile players threatening a holdout this season, a list that includes Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace and Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

For more Vikings coverage, check out Daily Norseman.

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