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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Pink Dennis Pitta Jersey . —Percy Harvin
was nowhere to be found at the Minnesota Vikings mandatory minicamp practice
Wednesday afternoon, and no one seems to know when the star receiver will be
back in purple. Unhappy with several issues with the team that drafted him in
the first round in 2009, Harvin requested a trade, a person with knowledge of
the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. After participating in a
light walk-through practice on Wednesday morning with his teammates, Harvin
wasnt present for the full afternoon practice. Head coach Leslie Frazier
declined to go into detail on Harvins absence and said he wasnt sure if one of
the teams most important players would be around for the final day Thursday.
“Were going to talk more in detail,” Frazier said. “We have a lot of things to
talk about.” Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the organization considers Harvin a
cornerstone player and will work to resolve any issues that have upset him. “We
have no interest at all in trading Percy Harvin,” Spielman said. “We drafted
Percy Harvin here. Hes a key part of our organization. Hes a key part of our
football team. Any issues that are out there, or reported, we always handle
those internally, and well continue to handle those internally.” The situation
seemingly came out of nowhere this week, surprising many Vikings players and
coaches when Harvin voiced his frustrations with the team Tuesday at the opening
of minicamp. “I just put it this way: Theres a lot of different things that have
to be sorted out,” Harvin said Tuesday. “Just havent been really happy lately.
Weve got a couple of things to work on. Im here in the classroom. Well go from
there.” Harvin declined to go into detail about his grievances. He is due to
make $915,000 in the fourth year of a five-year rookie deal. That total is much
lower than veterans Michael Jenkins and Jerome Simpson, with neither coming
close to his production on the field. But indications are that Harvins issues go
far deeper than just money. His role in the offence, which diminished greatly
last season when the Vikings reached the red zone, and the organizations
decision to go into a rebuilding phase coming off of consecutive last-place
finishes in the NFC North combined with his modest salary all figure to factor
into his mindset. Requesting a trade now would be a curious move if his main
motivation is a new contract. Most players in similar situations first voice
their concerns, then threaten to holdout of training camp before going as far as
to request a trade. Harvin did not speak to reporters on Wednesday, but did post
a message on his Twitter account. “Fans I said I have issues to be worked out
money not at all being the problem,” Harvin wrote…Ive (done) everything asked
and more…” Spielman would not say if money was an issue, but also reiterated
the organizations approach to signing players to extensions. “Our philosophy has
always been as players enter the last year of their contract we have a history
of extending players going into the last year of their contract,” Spielman said.
“And thats been our history.” Harvin has emerged as perhaps the most versatile
and dynamic player on the team. He earned respect in the locker room for his
willingness to play through injuries and still produce late in last years
miserable 3-13 season. In May, Harvin showed up at voluntary workouts despite
still recovering from shoulder surgery and spoke of asserting himself as a
leader and encouraging other players to participate in the teams off-season
program. He caught 87 passes for 967 yards and six touchdowns last season,
rushed for another 345 yards and two scores and also returned a kick for a
touchdown during a sensational year. Harvin dealt with migraine headaches and
numerous other minor injuries as the result of his punishing style of play,
missing one game his rookie season and two in 2010, which brought concerns about
his durability over the long term. He played in all 16 games last season,
establishing himself as one of the games top slot receivers and most dangerous
kick returners. “Percy is a phenomenal player on the field,” Spielman said. “And
you look at his statistics he had last year and how important he is to this
franchise. Hes a vital part of us moving forward with this team.” But somewhere
between his appearance at team headquarters in May and his return to Minnesota
this week, something went wrong for Harvin. After making the NFC title game as a
rookie, the Vikings have taken significant steps backward the last two seasons.
They are centring their rebuild on Harvin, Peterson, who is recovering from a
torn ACL in his left knee, and second-year quarterback Christian Ponder. Harvin
is far and away Ponders best option in the receiver corps that includes
non-descript veterans Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, rookie fourth-round picks
Jarius Wright and Greg Childs and Simpson, who will be suspended for the first
three games this season after being arrested on drug charges while with the
Cincinnati Bengals. After signing tight end John Carlson from Seattle, there has
been a lot of talk about the Vikings going to more two tight-end sets to take
advantage of him and second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph. That could also be a
concern for Harvin, but offensive co-ordinator Bill Musgrave said he was unaware
of any problems Harvin had with the playbook. Musgrave said he planned to get
the ball to Harvin even more this season. “Were looking forward to getting him
on the field and as an offence were looking forward to having a better year,”
Musgrave said. “Thats the bottom line.” Peterson said he hadnt spoken to his
friend about it but planned to have a conversation to try to help smooth things
over. “I wouldnt say its distracting. Its more bothering. Its like, we
definitely dont want to lose this guy. ... Im sure the organization will do what
it has to do to keep this guy around,” Peterson said. “If it was me, I would
make sure that we kept him around. But well see.” Frazier said the two sides
have to get on the same page by the time the team reports to Mankato for camp on
July 26. “Hopefully, well be headed in the right direction when we get to
training camp and everyone can focus on getting ready for the Jacksonville
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—Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on
Tuesday about the Saints bounty scandal and Scott Fujitas meeting was postponed.
Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured
left knee which he hurt during the preseason and couldnt come to New York, the
NFLPA said. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left the NFL offices
around 4 p.m. EDT, about three hours after they arrived. Smith and Hargrove did
not make themselves available to reporters. Fujita requested a video conference
but the league rejected that idea. NFL officials wanted face-to-face meetings
and plan to reschedule a session with the linebacker. Fujita did not play in the
season opener against Philadelphia because his suspension was only lifted two
days before the game, and he wasnt able to practice on his knee, which he
injured during an exhibition game against Detroit. The 33-year-old made his
season debut for Cleveland on Sunday. He started at strongside linebacker and
was credited with four tackles in 36 plays during the Browns 34-27 loss to the
Bengals. The players had to meet with Goodell after the suspensions he placed on
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Hargrove and Jonathan Vilma were penalized by Goodell for their roles in the New
Orleans bounty program, which ran from 2009-11. The NFL says coaches and players
offered cash rewards for big hits during that time frame, though the players
deny they were attempting to injure opponents. The commissioner met Monday with
Vilma, still a New Orleans linebacker. He and his attorney were given a sworn
statement from former Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams saying the
linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting. “What Gregg Williams
said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously
provided,” Vilmas attorney, Peter Ginsberg said on Monday night. “I dont know
what Gregg Williams motives are, but I do know that any suggestion by Williams
that Jonathan put up $10,000 as an incentive for his teammates to injure another
player is absolutely false.” Vilma tweeted on Monday night that Williams was
“bullied to sign the affidavit,” saying Williams signed it on Friday. ’ ’ ’ 

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