The Unsettled Viking
As of right now, it is obviously that the multi-purpose threat WR Percy Harvin is frustrated with the direction that the Minnesota Vikings are moving towards. That direction is rebuilding after suffering two back to back last place finishes in the NFC North. And the fact that the Vikings spent a high draft pick last season on a young quarterback to groom in Christian Ponder. Furthermore, it doesn’t help that he is still locked into his rookie contract for two more years, which pays him a base salary of $915,000 in 2012. However, Percy Harvin has a chance to obtain more base salary escalation in the final year of his rookie contract due to incentive bonuses based on which performance this year, but even with all the possible incentives this is still a bargain for the Vikings. Even though, Harvin alluded to money is not being the issue; it is hard to believe that it does not contribute to unhappiness in Minnesota in the slightest.
Percy Harvin walked into the perfect situation when he joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. He was able to work with one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play this game in Brett Favre. Harvin was a part of Brett Favre’s magical season in 2009, in which he threw for 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns with 790 yards and 6 touchdowns going to Percy Harvin. On the other hand, it was evident that Brett Favre was only a temporary solution in Minnesota and that they would soon be at the quarterback crossroads again, but even so it is never easy going from first to worst. Now, Percy Harvin is stuck in a rebuilding process, in which the Vikings are hoping Christian Ponder develops into an elite quarterback in this league and that Adrian Peterson successfully recovers from his knee injury that sidelined him in the 2011 NFL season.
Harvin’s future is now just as uncertain as his feelings towards the Minnesota Viking organization because earlier in the week he requested a trade from the Vikings, but he has now since backed off that trade request. However, the Minnesota Vikings are not willing to part ways with their dynamic all-purpose skill player. Therefore, Percy Harvin has returned to training camp with a change of heart for now with him and Head Coach Leslie Frazier attempting to put this drama behind them. A change has happened whether that be a more clear and defined role in the Viking offense, which in turn affects his performance, that affects his possible incentives, which in the end determines how much money Percy Harvin will make in this contract. Hopefully, these two sides can keep issues in house and work on getting themselves out of the NFC North cellar this season.