Tom Pelissero of ESPN’s Twin Cities reports that Vikings WR Percy Harvin and HC Leslie Frazier had another heated exchange of words in front of some players, as well as team staff members weeks after Harvin injured his ankle against the Seahawks.
Pelissero adds that the deteriorating relationship between the two men could “spell the end” of Harvin’s time in Minnesota.
The team’s decision to place Harvin on injured reserve was weighed by both the team and Harvin’s agent with Harvin’s long-term interests in mind. Harvin has previously said that he would not be willing to report to training camp without a new contract in place, so this only intensifies the situation further.
NFL teams believe that the Vikings are willing to trade Harvin during the offseason, rather than handing him a long-term contract extension. If the team front office does in fact decide to give Harvin an extension, it might be under the team’s conditions that the will most likely rely heavily on money escalators and performance based incentives.
An NFL personnel man believes the Vikings would likely get a second- or third-round draft pick in return for Harvin given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
There’s no question that Harvin is one of the dynamic weapons in the entire NFL, but the situation appears to be cloudy enough that the Vikings may have to shop him to see if they can recoup some value now, rather than risk him leaving. Minnesota could always choose to not re-sign him and use their franchise tags on him in the following season, but it seems very likely that Harvin would already be in the midst of holdout by that point.