By now, most NFL fans are aware of the rift between the Minnesota Vikings and their speedy wide receiver Percy Harvin. After reading a report from Yahoo!Sports this evening, I am wondering if Harvin is possibly insane. Harvin is entering the final year of his rookie deal and has made it perfectly clear that he wants a new deal. It’s the reported terms of the deal that are, well, a little shocking.
Jason Cole of Yahoo!Sports reports that Harvin wants a deal in the neighborhood of what Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is currently making. Johnson, arguably the best receiver in the NFL is playing under an eight-year, $132 million dollar deal. That would mean that Harvin wants around $16 million per season.
Is he talented? Yes. But there is no way in the world another team around the league is going to hand over $16 million per year to a receiver who has demonstrated that he is quite a handful off the field. Harvin is trying to redefine the meaning of the word diva this offseason. Harvin has struggled with migraine headaches during his career and has never eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau.
Frankly, Minnesota has a serious problem on their hands. It is possible that at this point Harvin might simply sit out the first 10 games of the regular season and then show up for the final six in order to qualify for free agency after next season, all the while creating quite a distraction. On the other hand, there also might not be another team around the league wanting to trade for Harvin at this point given all the reports of his attitude and now these reported crazy contract demands.
Harvin has had run-ins with coaches during his career and is now demonstrating that it really is all about him in his own mind. Having never reached 1,000 yards during his career and now reportedly not wanting to play for even Vincent Jackson or Dwayne Bowe money, he might be painting himself into a corner as general managers and coaches around the league might be re-thinking their evaluation of Harvin and whether or not his talent is worth the distraction that he could bring to their team.