For a brief period of time this past off-season fans of the Minnesota Vikings were wondering about the future of their top wide out Percy Harvin.
In an odd development Harvin reportedly requested a trade from the team, but only a few days later he showed up on time to training camp. The issue was obviously resolved, and nothing related has come up since.
Money was rumored not be the sole source of dissatisfaction for Harvin.
Now fast forward to week six of the season, and Harvin is without question on the best wide receivers in the NFL. He’s arguably the most dynamic receiver in the league, with the ability to line up anywhere on the field and make an impact.
The philosophy from the Vikings has been simple, get it to Percy any way possible.
So given all that fans have seen from Harvin this season, is it time for the Vikings to lock him up in a long-term deal?
Harvin has one year remaining on his rookie contract, worth about $2.5 million dollars, but clearly that’s not enough anymore for a player of his caliber. Harvin is currently the tenth highest payed player on the team.
Preferably I’d like to see both sides make it to the off-season before they start any negations. The main thing is that it cannot become a distraction. But is there a point where Harvin thinks, I deserve more money for what I’m doing?
Through five weeks Harvin is in the MVP discussion. MVP’s don’t typically earn rookie pay.
On the other hand, can Percy get even more money by waiting until the off-season? Can he increase the value of his stock significantly with a career year?
I’m just hoping this isn’t an issue in 2012. However the Vikings need to start thinking real seriously about how much money they are going to pay Harvin, because they can absolutely not afford to let him walk out the door.