Throughout the offseason the Minnesota Vikings have insisted they were not going to trade wide receiver Percy Harvin.
But now it appears Harvin is the one that wants out of Minnesota.
The dynamic 24-year-old wideout requested a trade, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which also cited rumors that Harvin was not happy with how the offensive is run, and a poor relationship with the team’s medical staff.
In 2009, Harvin was Minnesota’s first round draft pick out of Florida, and has led the team in receiving yards and receptions for the last three seasons.
Last year, Harvin sat out the final six regular season games and the Vikings playoff matchup with Green Bay due to a severe ankle injury, but was still the team’s leading receiver with 677 yards. Before 2012, Harvin had missed just three regular season games since entering the league.
He is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2013 season, but this is not the first time he has asked to be traded. In the summer of 2012, the Associated Press reported Harvin wanted out of the Vikings locker room.
There have reportedly been numerous discussions with Vikings management about Harvin’s contract, as the superstar believes he is one of the best in the league.
Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson signed a eight-year deal last March worth upwards of $132 million, by far the richest deal signed by a wideout, and reports say Harvin wants as big a contract.
Harvin is also a proven dual threat as a kick returner. He’s totaled 3,183 kick return yards with five touchdowns in four seasons.
Earlier this week, NFL.com reported Minnesota was one of several teams in the running for Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace, who is considered one of top wide outs hitting free agency.
The Vikings could honor Harvin’s trade request, and ink Wallace to a lucrative deal, though as a tandem, Minnesota could challenge Atlanta’s core of Roddy White and Julio Jones for best receiver duo in the NFC.
If truly interested in Wallace, Minnesota’s main competition is the Miami Dolphins, who are in the “lead” to sign him, according to Fox Sports.
Minnesota is currently $16 million under the $123 million salary cap for next season, so signing both to long-term deals may prove difficult.