Coach Frazier expects Harvin back with Vikings next season
This speculation comes on the heels of Harvin's third documented issue with the Vikings in the past seven months. Harvin reportedly got into a heated exchange with Frazier in the training room early in December, and some suggest that it could have been part of the cause for Harvin's placement on the injured reserve.
In addition, Harvin wasn't even with the team during their short-lived playoff run. Recovering from an ankle injury, Harvin has been spending his time rehabbing in Florida. While it's common for a player to not make the trip with his team during the regular season, it's peculiar that a player - who is one of the best on his team - would not attend his team's playoff game.
Harvin had a brief trade demand last offseason - of course, that was before he knew he was playing for a playoff-caliber team. However, he's set to make only $1.55 million this season as the Vikings' far-and-away best weapon in the passing game, and if he and the Vikings don't make some headway on an extension in the offseason, they could be in for a messy situation.
2013 is the final year of Harvin's five-year rookie deal. If the Vikings want any shot at retaining Harvin's services beyond next season, they'll likely need to please the young man with a lucrative extension in the coming months. Another option for the Vikings would be trading Harvin, but the expected return of a second- or third-round pick would be pennies to the dollar for one of the best young receivers in the game.
Harvin finished the 2012 season as the Vikings' leader in receptions and receiving yards, despite playing in only nine games. He also finished second on the team in touchdown receptions, and fourth in rushing yards (second highest yards per carry). He's extremely versatile and is a vital part of what the Vikings do on offense, so Coach Frazier is going to need to figure out how to get along with him before they lose one of their top offensive playmakers.