The Minnesota Vikings started their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but something newsworthy did come out of it as wide receiver Percy Harvin said he is “not happy with a couple situations” and also suggested they will need to be resolved before he reports to training camp. For what it’s worth, head coach Leslie Frazier has said he is not concerned.
Though he may or may not deny it, Harvin’s primary concern is likely money and wants a new contract. He still has two years left on the deal he signed as a late first round pick in 2009, and is due to make just under $2.5 million combined. He has certainly outperformed that contract, and is coming off his best season in 2011 when he had 87 receptions for 967 yards and six touchdowns while also adding 51 carries for 342 yards and two touchdowns as well as one kickoff return touchdown. So Harvin’s desire for more money appears well justified, but last season was also the first season he played all 16 games in his three NFL seasons and his reliability in terms of showing up for offseason workouts and practicing during the week has been a bit of an issue.
With running back Adrian Peterson looking likely to be at least limited at the start of the season due to the severe knee injury he suffered near the end of last season, Harvin qualifies as their most important offensive player at this point and not many other players in the league are as versatile as he is. So the Minnesota Vikings may not have a choice but to cede to any demands he has right now, contract-related or not.