Percy Harvin To Report To Camp

Percy Harvin Drama Already Comes To An End

6/21/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jun 19, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) sits on a hill near the practice fields at Vikings minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIREWell, that seemed to be over as soon as it started. Percy Harvin requested a trade from the Minnesota Vikings yesterday due to what turned out to be non-contract related issues. The trade request was never taken seriously, as he had no leverage in the situation. The Vikings have him under contract for two more years, and with an abysmal receiving core the Vikings would never have parted ways with their lone threat in the passing game.

Harvin realized that there was no way he was being traded and announced today, to the delight of coaches and fans, that he'll be reporting to Vikings minicamp.

The likely reason that he was upset and wanted out of Minnesota was because he played in only 58.4% of the Vikings offensive plays last season, a staggeringly low number for such a talented player.

Harvin, sort of a gadget player when playing for the University of Florida in college, has impressed since coming into the league in 2009. He finished 6th in the NFL in receptions last year and 8th in all-purpose yards (all while leading my fantasy team to a championship). He also started truly flourishing once rookie quarterback Christian Ponder was named the starting signal caller. Harvin will have Ponder throwing him balls from day one this year.

Vikings' head coach Leslie Frazier said that this drama should be behind us, and I'm sure he's right. Expect Harvin to get on the field and immediately produce for the Vikings again this season. He's an important part of their offense, as he is extremely talented and versatile. He lines up out wide, in tight, and even takes handoffs out of the backfield.

If the Vikings are smart, they'll play him much more than 58% of the snaps this year. Harvin also has incentives in his contract that can significantly boost his salary in 2013 based on his performance this season. Between that and a likely increase in snaps, there's a good chance Percy Harvin will improve his already impressive numbers this season. He'll probably be a great value in PPR fantasy leagues.
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