INDIANAPOLIS — If it was up to Vikings GM Rick Spielman, WR Percy Harvin will not be traded.
But Spielman’s comments Thursday at the Scouting Combine indicate it might be up to Harvin.
“We have no intent to trade Percy Harvin,” Spielman said more than once to the assembled media contingent.
Harvin reportedly has been absent from the team’s facility since he suffered an ankle injury last season after being placed on injured reserve. Coupled with at least one reported run-in with head coach Leslie Frazier, Harvin’s name has come up in various trade rumors this offseason.
The Vikings lack gifted receivers, and no one else on the roster at the position possesses Harvin’s game-breaking ability.
Harvin recently was asked about his situation with the Vikings. His response: “I got nothing to say.”
Several Vikings teammates, such as Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder, have voiced their support for Harvin and his return to the team.
The issue reportedly is over Harvin’s dissatisfaction with his contract. He’s not due to hit free agency until after the 2014 season, but the two sides have not been able to agree on an extension. Harvin even requested a trade last year before backing down from that demand.
“Anything related to his contract or any discussions will all be kept internal,” Spielman said. “I think everybody understands what kind of player Percy Harvin is. He’s a dynamic playmaker, not only on offense at different positions but what he brings as a kickoff returner.”