Frazier proclaims start of 'new day' with Harvin
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Disgruntled receiver Percy Harvin returned for the final day of the Minnesota Vikings mandatory minicamp Thursday after missing Wednesday afternoon's practice, but that wasn’t the best news for the team’s fans: Coach Leslie Frazier said the two have talked and are planning to talk in further detail before training camp.
Harvin was a full participant Thursday, working for the first-time in 11-on-11 drills as Minnesota emphasized red-zone plays during its final practice before training camp begins July 27.
"We talked about a couple of things," Frazier said. "It’s great to see him out there with his teammates and practicing. Just great to have him around, around his teammates. It’s always good to have everybody participating."
Harvin made waves Tuesday by saying he was "really unhappy" about a couple of issues, and on Wednesday it was reported that he asked for a trade. Harvin was present for Wednesday morning's walkthrough but wasn't around later in the day for the team's full practice.
He returned Thursday and did his most extensive work yet after shoulder surgery in late April. As for the planned meeting, Frazier said it won’t be anything unusual or due to Harvin’s trade request. Calling it a "new day," he expects the receiver to show up for the beginning of training camp.
"It’s not just Percy. With Adrian (Peterson), with a lot of our guys, I’m going to talk with them about a lot of different things between now and Mankato," Frazier said. "So, it won’t be out of the norm other than the fact that he was absent yesterday. That should be behind us. We’re moving forward."
Quarterback Christian Ponder said he was surprised when he heard of Harvin’s complaints and hasn’t had the opportunity to talk with Harvin about the situation.
"I haven’t really thought about it," Ponder said. "I just assume that he’ll be here. It’s not my job to handle it. The front office will handle it, and they’re going to do a great job. We know that Percy’s a heck of a player, and we like being around him. He’s been out here practicing like nothing’s wrong and that’s what we like to see. He still cares about being here.
"We talked about, right before practice, getting together these next couple of weeks in Florida. So, we want him here and I’m sure it will get worked out."
Harvin, Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman have resisted saying what his bothering the receiver. On Wednesday, Spielman addressed the reported trade request and said he is confident the team will be able to work through the issues and that it won't trade Harvin, 24, who led the Vikings last year with 87 catches, 967 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.
"Everything that's been reported, just from our standpoint, from the Minnesota Vikings, we have no interest at all in trading Percy Harvin," Spielman said. "We drafted Percy Harvin here. He's a key part of our organization. He's a key part of our football team. Any issues that are out there or reported, we always handle those internally and will continue to handle those internally."
Harvin said on Twitter Wednesday evening that his contract — he has two years remaining on his original five-year rookie deal and is due $915,000 this season and $1.55 million in 2013 — isn't at the heart of the problems.
"Fans I said I have issues to be worked out money not at all being the problem...I've dne everything asked and more...," Harvin wrote on his Twitter page, adding: "Me and (coach) have been speaking and are on same page...theres nothing I can do."
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