It is clear the Vikings will do whatever it takes to buoy Ponder's confidence, even jettisoning his best target.
Of course, Harvin's lack of faith in Ponder, even as he was being force-fed the ball by the second-year pro, wasn't the only reason the Vikings made the trade, but it was a major factor. The Vikings made an investment in Ponder when they took him with the 12th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
They are doubling down on that investment.
Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter agreed that the organization is "better off" without Harvin.
"I'm not surprised, given the situation with him not being happy and there being so little chance of a contract extension for the type of money he wants," Carter said Monday, via The Star Tribune. "So they're better off, especially with a young quarterback, trading Percy and getting something for him compared to going through the season rolling the dice."
The Vikings didn't lose momentum when Harvin went down with an ankle injury with seven games remaining in the 2012 season. Instead, they rode Adrian Peterson (who felt abused by the trade) to the playoffs.
The move might have been made to rid the locker room of Ponder's biggest detractor, but it also took away his only receiving threat. Ponder's development with new receivers will be the main indicator of the success or ultimate failure of the trade.
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