Happy again, Percy Harvin 'on board' with Vikings, coaches, offense
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Percy Harvin still isn't saying what drove him to threaten a holdout and request a trade last month, but the Minnesota Vikings' top receiver did his best to bury the issue on Friday morning.
"I'm at camp. I'm happy. I'm on board," Harvin said after the team's first walkthrough of training camp.
"Like I said I talked to Coach (Leslie Frazier), everything's good around here, so I'm ready to get out here and start sweating and to get this thing rolling."
Little more than a month ago, Harvin followed the first walkthrough of the mandatory minicamp by telling reporters he was unhappy over issues he wouldn't disclose.
By the next morning, he'd requested a trade and didn't show up to an afternoon practice -- only to rescind the trade demand the day after that, return to practice and pledge on his Twitter account to report for training camp.
"We've had great conversations with me and Coach throughout the whole OTAs and the break we had," said Harvin, who hadn't spoken with receivers since that first day of minicamp.
"We're on the same page. We're both here to win, the whole team is, and we're ready to take that first step with (Friday)'s practice."
Asked once again what he was unhappy about, Harvin said, "Don't need to get into all of that. Like I said, me and Coach have talked numerous times. We're all on the same page, the whole team is on the same page. We're all just trying to win around here."
Sources have said Harvin's unhappiness didn't stem directly from his contract, but he has made clear he expects a new deal after the season. He's due $915,000 in base salary this season, plus a $27,500 workout bonus, and $1,577,500 in total compensation in 2013 (not including possible escalators and incentives).
Frazier's close relationship with Harvin seems to have helped quell the situation.
"I love Coach Frazier," Harvin said. "I'm a big fan of his. He's almost like a father-figure in my situation."
And Frazier surely was pleased one of his most dynamic players was on the field with the first-string offense when training camp began on Friday.
"I just know he's very important to our team," Frazier said. "He's very important to me. I have a lot of respect for Percy as a person.
"From the day we drafted him, I can remember sitting down with his mom and dad, his sister and Percy in a side room away from everyone else and just talking with them about how I envisioned his role here in Minnesota and our relationship in the future. He was fresh out of college. It was his first day here, coming in for his press conference.
"We've always had a good relationship and hopefully, that'll continue. He's an important person in a lot of ways. I respect him as a person and as a player, and obviously, we need his talents on our football team."
The shoulder that required surgery to repair bone spurs in April apparently is a nonissue for Harvin now, too. He said his "health in great" and he spent much of the break after minicamp throwing and lifting with former teammates at the University of Florida.
"I was full bore," Harvin said. "I worked out with the Gators. I went back to my old days and just the grind, the studying. I went back to it all. So, I'm looking for myself, this team, this organization to have a big year."
Harvin also dismissed the notion the Vikings are rebuilding -- "We don't use that word around here," he said -- and praised the evolution of coordinator Bill Musgrave's offense, which is being built around second-year quarterback Christian Ponder.
"I'm liking it," Harvin said. "I liked the steps we took. Last year, I felt we started improving towards the end of the year. We're just building from that last year. Christian has gotten head over heels better than last year.
"We've got a lot of receivers coming in this camp. So, we've got a lot of fresh bodies, young bodies that are ready to come in and ready to play."