In 2012, the Minnesota Vikings were able to make the NFL playoffs after no one believed the team could become a force in the NFC once again with an injured Adrian Peterson and an unhappy Percy Harvin.
Peterson’s injury was the major concern for the Vikings with the veteran running back tearing both his MCL and ACL on Christmas Eve back in 2011, but Harvin’s status with the team was also a problem with the up-and-coming wideout wanting a trade or receive a considerable raise.
Fortunately, Peterson was able to recover much sooner than anticipated and had a historic season in 2012. Harvin wasn’t so lucky going down with a season-ending foot injury and having an uncertain future in Minnesota heading into the off-season.
Despite clearly having issues with head coach Leslie Frazier and openly expressing his desire for a change, Harvin played well before going down with the injury and proved his worth to the team, but it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll get a new deal or simply be traded.
Harvin is now prepared to holdout for a contract according to Pro Football Talk:
Per a league source, Harvin currently is expected to stay away from offseason workouts and training camp absent a new deal.
He’s due to make $2.9 million in 2013. It’s unclear what he wants, but high-end wideouts earn at or about eight figures annually.
Although Harvin remains adamant about getting a new deal done with the Vikings by threatening a holdout, the team’s best wide receiver and arguably the most talented piece on the team outside of Peterson will likely be traded before next season.
Harvin and the Vikings obviously don’t see eye-to-eye and the end appears to be near as a result. Even quarterback Christian Ponder isn’t confident in Harvin’s return while Frazier continues to say Harvin will be with the team in 2013.