Vikings GM plays it coy on future of Percy Harvin


The soap opera starring the Minnesota Vikings and Percy Harvin has yet to reach its climax. It's getting there, though.

Harvin is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and there remains a great element of the unknown in regard to his future. There's no denying Harvin, 24, and Adrian Peterson can form the nucleus of an explosive offense, but keeping Harvin healthy and content has been another situation entirely.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, speaking Friday with KFXN-FM in Minneapolis, isn't about to show his hand at this early stage.

"I'm not going to say what's going to happen this offseason, because he is going in to the last year of his contract," Spielman said, via "But right now, where we're at, Percy Harvin is a member of this football team and he is a very good football player. We don't like to get rid of good football players."

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Asked if he wanted Harvin on the roster in 2013, Spielman replied: "We love Percy Harvin as a football player. Everybody sees what he does for our football team."

Does that statement mean there are aspects of the Percy Harvin Experience that aren't easy to love?

"Percy Harvin is a blue-chip player and he is a game-changer. In fact he was on track to be a potential MVP. We were very fortunate to have two players, and we had one that did win the MVP award (Peterson). So we're very fortunate to have two players of that caliber on our football team."

So no, Spielman didn't provide much in the realm of insight. That said, his measured tone tells you just how delicate this situation is. Harvin can be a cornerstone player, or premium trade bait, or a potential problem child.

Spielman is cautious because he has to be.

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