Bill Musgrave doesn't think Percy Harvin has beef with his offense
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- If part of Percy Harvin's beef with the Minnesota Vikings is his role on offense, that's news to coordinator Bill Musgrave.
"We're looking forward to getting him on the field," Musgrave said, "and as an offense, we're looking forward to having a better year. That's the bottom line."
Harvin attended Wednesday's morning walkthrough, hours after news broke that he has requested a trade.
He briefly played catch but mostly was a spectator, having short conversations with coach Leslie Frazier, receivers coach George Stewart and special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer.
It is believed Harvin wants a new contract to replace his original rookie deal, which is scheduled to pay him $2.52 million over its remaining two years (not including escalators).
But there also has been speculation he is dissatisfied with his place in Musgrave's scheme after playing a relatively modest 600 snaps (57.9%) last season.
Musgrave categorized his working relationship with Harvin as "outstanding" and said coaches have conversations about his role "on a consistent basis, and we're really excited that he's here this (week).
"He's been engaged in the meetings. We got him out there on the field a little bit in certain periods (during individual work on Tuesday). So, it's a good thing that he's here."
Musgrave said he doesn't necessarily have an exact percentage of snaps he'd like Harvin to play. Asked specifically if he has made plans to use Harvin more, though, Musgrave said, "Yes. Yes. Looking forward to it."
Harvin has good reason for continuing to show up for work this week. The collective-bargaining agreement allows teams to levy fines of as much as $60,000 for skipping the only mandatory camp of the offseason.
"I think he wants to contribute, like any player," Musgrave said. "He wants to help the team win, regardless of individual stats. He's team-oriented and that bodes well for the Vikings' future."