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NFL Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin Primed for Career Year

For a brief period of time this summer, many Minnesota Vikings fans were displeased with Percy Harvin. The star wide receiver reportedly asked for trade, and had issues with the team, apparently not just over money.

Well whatever it was, it was resolved quickly, and Harvin reported to training camp on time.

Harvin had gone his whole career in Minnesota essentially without an incident. Incidents of course, are probably the main reason he’s even wearing purple and gold. Harvin was labeled as having character issues coming out the University of Florida, and dropped to the 22nd spot in the 2009 draft.

We’ve all heard the rumors and stories, who knows what’s true and what’s not. I don’t really care, because so far he’s behaved as a member of the Vikings.

That brings us to kickoff 2012, the start of Harvin’s fourth NFL season. He begins this season again as the team’s No. 1 wide out, and now as its top playmaker.

As a dual threat pass catcher and runner, Harvin is one of the more unique number one guys in the league. No other big name receivers racked up nearly 350 yards on the ground last season. Harvin can line up anywhere on the field and be productive.

With projected No. 2 receiver Jerome Simpson suspended until week four, and Adrian Peterson making his way back after reconstructive knee surgery, Harvin’s touches figure to continue their upward trend.

While Harvin certainly isn’t playing for a contract, with another year and over $2 million dollars left on his rookie deal, we all know he’s playing for a bigger contract. Money had to play a role in his brief dissatisfaction over the summer.

So what does it all add up to?

I’m going with a career year. Not only is this Harvin’s chance to establish himself as a legitimate number one guy in the league, it’s a chance for him to get paid, in a real serious way.

Harvin will have the opportunity, with balls being constantly thrown his way, and plays specifically drawn up for him.

I’ve got him down for over 1600 all purpose yards and 11 TDs, with a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2012. He’s a guy entering the prime of his career, and it’s his time to shine.

Follow Andrew Fisher on Twitter @the_realfish