Adrian Peterson is not happy about Percy Harvin being traded to the Seahawks

Percy HarvinWith Percy Harvin having been traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, the Minnesota Vikings now have a glaring hole on offense. Adrian Peterson defied medical science by putting together an incredible season in 2012, but one could argue that he would not have had as much room to run if not for Harvin.

Now, the Vikings will need to find a way to replace one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. Their offense has undoubtedly taken a step back for the time being, and a tweet from Peterson after the trade on Monday indicated that he is well aware of that.

There has already been speculation that Minnesota will look to add a big-ticket free agent like Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings, but the team’s offense will have a much different look next year regardless of who they bring in. Not to mention, they will have to fill the void that is left by Harvin’s departure on special teams.

Peterson had some tremendous compliments for Harvin during the 2012 season, so its easy to understand why he’s sad to see him go. Such is life in the NFL, and the only thing AP can do is move on and keep doing what he has been doing.

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Vikings reportedly trade Percy Harvin to the Seahawks

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has reportedly been traded to the Seattle Seahawks. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Seattle has agreed to send draft picks to Minnesota in exchange for Harvin, pending a physical exam.

It is widely believed that Harvin is looking for a massive contract extension that the Vikings either cannot afford or are not willing to pay, which means their only option was to trade him while he still had value instead of letting him walk after next season. The Seattle Seahawks have arguably the best defense in the NFL and exciting potential on offense with Russell Wilson running the show. Adding Harvin to an offense that already includes Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will give opposing defenses plenty to account for.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the trade is also contingent upon a contract extension for Harvin, which should be completed within the next 48 hours. Schefter also said the deal is expected to include Seattle’s first round pick in the upcoming draft.

It’s safe to assume a number of teams did their due diligence on Harvin with it being a known fact that he wanted out of Minnesota. He should be a nice fit in Seattle, where Pete Carroll has turned an inexperienced team into a contender over the last few seasons. Richard Sherman was one of the biggest reasons for the Seahawks’ success last year, and he welcomed his new teammate when the news broke on Monday.

An already dangerous team just added one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in football.

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Percy Harvin reportedly told Vikings he wants trade

Percy HarvinPercy Harvin is dissatisfied with his contract situation and it is well known that he wants out of Minnesota if the Vikings do not plan to give him a big deal. The latest report says Harvin has told the Vikings he doesn’t want to play for them and that he wants to be traded.

Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman reported Saturday that Harvin will not attend the team’s offseason workouts next month. Hartman also says “good sources around the NFL” say that Harvin has “told the Vikings that he doesn’t want to play for them and wants to be traded.”

Harvin is under contract for the upcoming season, though he is only scheduled to make $2.755 million, per Rotoworld. He reportedly is seeking Calvin Johnson money with his next contract. Another recent report said Harvin is so fixated on his contract situation that he threatened to walk out on the team last year after his ex-college teammate Aaron Hernandez got a contract extension from the New England Patriots.

The bottom line is that Harvin seems to be disgruntled. He is worth much more money than he is signed for, but the Vikings don’t seem to have much incentive to pay him more than he is scheduled to earn. If they can get some value for him in a trade, that might be pleasing to all parties. However, keep in mind that it was reported last year that Harvin wanted to be traded, but he still played the season for the Vikings. The difference is he only had three years of service entering last season, whereas he has four now, which would make him an unrestricted free agent.

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Percy Harvin reportedly threatened to walk out on Vikings after hearing about Aaron Hernandez’s contract extension

Before the 2013 season begins, the Minnesota Vikings may be faced with making a difficult decision about whether to sign Percy Harvin to a lucrative contract extension or trade him while he still has value. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, there is a belief around the league that Harvin is not happy with his current situation with the Vikings — which is something many have speculated despite denials from Harvin.

Harvin is set to become a free agent after next season, but he reportedly wants a contract extension now. To make matters more complicated, it is believed that he wants a deal closer to the eight-year, $132 million one that the Detroit Lions signed Calvin Johnson to last year. He wants more money than the five years, $56 million Dwayne Bowe  got from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Harvin considers himself to be a very special player, and he is not alone in that thinking. He also happens to have reputation for being a difficult player to deal with, as he reportedly wanted to be traded last offseason and got into a shouting match with head coach Leslie Frazier toward the end of the 2012 season. His disciplinary issues even date back to college, where he supposedly grabbed his Florida receivers coach by the neck during a disagreement.

According to Cole, Harvin also threatened to walk out on the Vikings last season after he heard that former teammate Aaron Hernandez had received a five-year extension from the New England Patriots.

We have heard of players becoming upset when their teammates get extensions before them, but Harvin must really feel he is undervalued to be threatening his team over what other organizations are doing.

Unless the Vikings are willing to throw a ton of money at Harvin to keep him happy, it’s probably safe to say his days in Minnesota are numbered. Mike Wallace is set to hit free agency, and he is a player that the Vikings could go after if they feel they need to trade Harvin and bring in another playmaker. At this point, it sounds like that might be best for all parties.

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Adrian Peterson: Percy Harvin and I are both like Michael Jordan, not Scottie Pippen

The Vikings have surprised a number of people with their 4-1 start this year, and they owe much of their success to the dynamic play of Percy Harvin and astonishingly quick healing powers of Adrian Peterson. Peterson is simply back to being Peterson, which is incredible since he tore his ACL in Week 16 last season. Harvin has racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense and is arguably the best dual-threat player in football.

As a result, Minnesota’s confidence is sky-high. So high, in fact, that Peterson felt confident telling the Star-Tribune that he and Harvin are the two best players in the league.

“I know talent,” Peterson said when asked if Harvin is the Scottie Pippen to his Air Jordan. “I can watch Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and see the difference. There are two Jordans on this team. I’m not trying to be cocky. I’m just very confident in my abilities.”

Harvin has come a long way from a guy who wanted to be traded just a few months ago. A.P. isn’t alone in his assessment, as Christian Ponder also recently told reporters that he feels Harvin is the best all-around player in the league. Harvin and Peterson are both potential MVP candidates, and if Ponder can continue limiting mistakes there’s no reason the Vikings can’t make some noise in the NFC — especially given the way teams like the Packers and Saints have started out.

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Percy Harvin reportedly wants to be traded, says money is not the issue

Percy Harvin skipped the Vikings’ afternoon workout on Wednesday, the same day a report emerged saying he wanted to be traded.

Harvin, a former first-round pick of the Vikings, expressed his displeasure with the team on Tuesday.

“I just put it this way, there’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out,” Harvin said on the first day of a mandatory minicamp. “Just haven’t been really happy lately. We’ve got a couple of things to work on. I’m here in the classroom. We’ll go from there.”

Harvin hasn’t been specific about his issues with the team, but he said on Twitter Wednesday that money was not the problem.

Harvin is making less than a million dollars next season and has two years left on his rookie deal. Many have speculated that he wants a new contract — and the Star Tribune says he does — but he says that’s not the case.

Another tweet he sent confused matters:

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Percy Harvin reportedly grabbed receivers coach by the neck while at Florida

With Urban Meyer having moved on from Florida to become the head coach of Ohio State, it appeared that he has left the Gators without a proven leader and with a team that is heading in the wrong direction. There are some who believe the program is imploding because Meyer left. Others, however, insist the hard times Florida is falling on now are a result of the way Meyer did things while he was in Gainesville.

A Sporting News article that was published on Monday cites a number of former players who say Meyer favored certain superstar players and even protected them from failed drug tests. Former Florida safety Bryan Thomas described the program as having been “out of control.” Other former players referred to Meyer’s “Circle of Trust,” which included the elite players whom he pampered.

Percy Harvin was reportedly at the forefront of Meyer’s inner circle. Several sources told the Sporting News that the former Gators offensive weapon once grabbed receivers coach Billy Gonzales by the neck and threw him to the ground. He reportedly had to be pulled off of Gonzales by two assistant coaches but was never disciplined. Gonzales described the alleged incident as “overblown” while Meyer had the following to say.

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