It is clear the Vikings will do whatever it takes to buoy Ponder's confidence, even jettisoning his best target.
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 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.