Percy Harvin is not a happy camper, but he is a present camper (recovered from minor offseason shoulder surgery). Despite earlier comments made by Harvin and confirmed by Vikings HC Leslie Frazier that the he would be take part in on-field activities during the current mini-camp, Harvin was on the field and playing nicely with his teammates. Harvin has been vague about the reasons for his threatening to hold out, but they appear to go deeper than just salary as playing time is an issue (played just 58% of snaps last seasons). Harvin is scheduled to make $916,000 this season and $1.55 million in 2013 before he becomes a free agent. He does have escalators for 2013 that would boost his base salary to $3.3 million based on catches and a potential Pro Bowl appearance in 2012.
GM Rick Spielman has announced that they have no plans to trade the dynamic playmaker which makes perfect sense as the Vikings passing attack ranked 28th in 2011 and the loss of their only legit receiving threat in Harvin would be a death blow.
Kevin Seifert of ESPN reported that Percy Harvin “rolled his eyes” when asked about whether or not he believes he will be used more this season. He was only on the field for 58% of offensive snaps in 2011.
FFToday has Harvin ranked all the way up at 6th on their WR rankings for 2012. They project 88 receptions for 1,068 yards and 7 TDs. The add 282 more yards and a TD through handoffs.
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Harvin’s ranking is all over the place. For instance, KFFL.com has him ranked 17th at WR. Most experts have him as a WR#2 and some, like FFToday have him in WR#1 territory. A holdout would almost surely push him down to WR#3 or at least low-end WR#2 space. Receivers that hold out get hurt. Harvin is the best of a revamped WR crew in Minnesota that features newly added Jerome “Smokey” Simpson, rookies Jarius Wright/Greg Childs, Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins.
With a full season and a true training camp for Christian Ponder to develop as a QB and more rapport between the QB and Harvin there is no reason to think that Harvin won’t improve upon his 2011 stats; 87 rec., 967 yards, 6 TDs. Harvin’s ADP is 48 overall and he is being selected as 19th receiver. Seems about right. A holdout would change things in a very bad way.