Report: Harvin ready to hold out for new deal
FEB 11, 2013 12:54p ET
After a report over the weekend that Minnesota was likely to look at trading its mercurial star receiver, Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Harvin, according to a league source, is expected to "stay away" from the team's offseason workouts and training camp if his contract, which has one-year remaining, isn't re-worked.
Harvin, 24, is a versatile, playmaking receiver that led the Vikings in receptions (62) and receiving yards (677) last season despite missing the final seven games because of an ankle injury. He is owed $2.9 million for the 2013 season in the final season of his rookie contract.
Harvin, who was frustrated about "a couple of things" last summer and reportedly requested a trade, could earn well above the $2.9 million he is owed in his next deal. Vincent Jackson, for instance, signed a five-year, $55.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the top free-agent receiver on the market last season.
The Vikings, needing help at receiver, would probably prefer not to trade the talented receiver, but he might be forcing their hand after reported run-ins with coach Leslie Frazier lst season. The confrontations might have led to the Vikings' decision to put Harvin on season-ending injured reserve with a sprained ankle while Minnesota made its playoff run.
Frazier has tried to maintain there are no issues with Harvin and he wants the receiver back next season, but rumors continue to circulate about Harvin's displeasure. The Vikings may have also grown tired of the emotional outbursts from the receiver, who was a steal in the 2009 NFL Draft when he was selected as the No. 22 pick.
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