With rumors swirling about Percy Harvin’s future with the Minnesota Vikings, one teammate hopes Harvin is around to help the team next season.
NFL MVP running back Adrian Peterson said he wouldn’t trade Harvin, the talented, temperamental receiver who is looking for a new contract.
“I don’t know if we will or not, but me, individually and in my opinion, I wouldn’t trade him,” Peterson told KFAN radio in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. “No, I wouldn’t trade him.”
Harvin, who led the team with 62 catches for 677 yards last season, was the Minnesota player being touted for the MVP award during the Vikings’ 4-1 start to the season. Harvin was leading the league in catches and kickoff return average before a midseason ankle injury caused him to miss the final seven games. Peterson eventually took home the MVP trophy after rushing for 2,097 yards, the second-highest single-season total in NFL history.
Peterson wouldn’t mind having Harvin around again next year, sharing the ball as the top two playmakers in Minnesota’s offense.
“To do the things that he’s able to do, I don’t think there will be a player that’s able to do it better than him, ever,” Peterson told the radio station. “The things he’s able to do. He does so much. There will never be another player that can do it better than him.”
But Harvin, who is owed $2.9 million in the final season of his rookie contract, had a reported confrontation with coach Leslie Frazier last year and has had several run-ins with coaches during his time in Minnesota. Reports this week have said that the Vikings will look to trade the mercurial receiver and also say Harvin is likely to stay away from the offseason workouts and training camp if he doesn’t have a new contract in place.
Despite the off-field issues, Peterson said there have been no problems with Harvin.
“I think he’s a good teammate,” Peterson told KFAN. “I always look at what you get from a person, and I know it comes with, ‘Hey, you got to deal with this or you got to deal with that.’ Or no matter what the situation is with that person, but I always feel like that person can overcome whatever it is they might be struggling with, whatever it is. I feel like a person can overcome. So whatever it is, I would work on it.”
The question is if Minnesota and Harvin feel the same.