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Harvin Demanding to Leave Minnesota,Wallace to Step In?

This really isn’t new news but Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is continuing to grumble about his situation and is now demanding to be traded.

This comes after Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said last month, ”We have no intent of trading Percy Harvin. Percy Harvin is under contract and we expect him, just like all of our players under contract, to be here. He is a very good football player, but he knows what he does for our football team.”

It also follows stories of Harvin and head coach Leslie Frazier not getting along last season.

Now a story has come out by the Star Tribune’s Sid Hartman that Harvin has told the Vikings that he doesn’t want to play for them and wants to be traded.

The player’s contract goes through the 2013 season and if money is an issue for Harvin, it shouldn’t be: the Vikings are $16 million below the $123 million salary cap.

According to Yahoo!’s Jason Cole, Harvin wants money in the range of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s range. In 2012, he got an eight-year, $132 deal. That comes out to a $16.5 million per year average.

While he’s a versatile player, he’s yet to have a 1,000-yards receiving season or grab more than six receiving touchdowns. Harvin’s quick, averaging 8.9 yards after a catch in 2012 and over the last four seasons, he has five touchdowns from kickoff returns.

He can also perform as a running back. In the last four seasons, Harvin has 107 carries for 683 yards with four scores.

He is eligible to become a free agent next season but he also faces a potential tag by the team.

In the 2012 season, Harvin missed the last seven games but was still the team’s leader with his 62 catches, 677 receiving yards and five touchdowns. His salary was $2,782,500 including incentives.

With the Vikings upcoming April 22 workout, Harvin is not expected to be there; he is known as being “strong willed” and could potentially holdout for the season. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers are rumored to have some interest in him.

Should the Vikings get rid of the disgruntled player, who could take his place?

Last week, rumors had been swirling that the team could be interested in wide receiver Mike Wallace. He has a few suitors already including the Miami Dolphins.

For the Vikings, they do have the money to spend on Wallace.

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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