It seems that Minnesota Vikings specialty player Percy Harvin is no long enamored with the team that drafted him, as he prefers to finish his career with another after declaring he desires for a trade away from the struggling franchise.
Harvin is to the Vikings what Darren Sproles is to the Saints — a jack-of-all-trades player — that lines up at multiple positions.
He lines up as receiver, mainly, but also spends time at running back and kick returner.
Last year Harvin enjoyed a career year with the Vikings, hauling in 87 passes for 967 yards and six touchdowns. He also chipped in 345 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.
In three seasons with Minnesota he has 2,625 receiving yards, 587 rushing yards, 2,609 kick return yards, and 20 total touchdowns.
But the cause of Harvin’s frustrations with the Vikings is still unclear as he has yet to tell anyone why exactly he is requesting a trade, just that he is unhappy.
"I’ll just put it this way — it’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out. Just haven’t been real happy lately. So, we’ve got a couple things to work on. I’m here in the classroom, so we’ll go from here.We’re kind of keeping everything in house. If specific people choose to tell you the stories, then they do. I keep everything in house and we deal with things in house. So, that’s the way I keep it.I’m just not happy. I won’t go into how unhappy. I’m just overall not happy with a couple situations. — Percy Harvin"
Regardless of how “unhappy” he is with the Vikings, it’s a long shot that the team grants him the permission to seek a trade.
Minnesota is currently re-building in the post Brett Favre era, moving forward with young quarterback Christian Ponder at the helm.
Ponder of course needs weapons, and Harvin is just that, a weapon capable of changing the course of a game with his big play ability.
Also depth is a concern at the wide receiver position as beyond Harvin the roster is devoid of any true superstars.
Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins, who combined for a 900 receiving yards last season, will be back with the team.
Minnesota also went out and signed ex-Bengal receiver Jerome Simpson, you know the one that gained league wide fame for his flipping touchdown reception last year.
Simpson however will be suspended for the first four games of the season after an off-season charge for possession of marijuana.
Two former Razorback wide receivers made their way onto the roster — Greg Childs and Jarius Wright — but who knows what impact they will make in their rookie seasons.
Why this group makes up a serviceable unit, they aren’t on the level of the New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers receiving core.
Then there is the status of running back Adrian Peterson, who is recovering from from a torn ACL he suffered late in December of 2011.
By all accounts Peterson is ahead of schedule in his rehab, but it seems likely the Vikings want to lean on Harvin more in the run game so Peterson can rest the surgically repaired knee.
Barring a blockbuster trade offer by a team willing to give Minnesota the farm for Harvin, he won’t be playing anywhere else in 2012.