Notebook: Leslie Frazier 'made it clear' he wants Percy Harvin back
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"I made it clear that I want him here, and I'm hoping things will work out where he is here," Frazier at the NFL scouting combine during an interview to air Sunday morning on 1500 ESPN.
"We all know his value from a talent standpoint, and I hope it works out. I'd like for him to be wearing number 12 for the Minnesota Vikings than anywhere else."
Frazier has been ally in the past for Harvin, who backed off his trade demand during June's minicamp after a meeting in the coach's office. And Harvin was producing at an MVP level before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in the Vikings' Nov. 4 loss at Seattle.
But Harvin screamed at Frazier on the sideline during the Seattle game, and the two had another heated exchange at the team facility before Harvin went on injured reserve on Dec. 5 -- continuing a pattern of insubordination documented since his days at the University of Florida.
"We've had conversations. They've been positive," said Frazier, who met face-to-face with Harvin while he was in town for an exit physical last month. "We haven't talked extensively. But we have had conversations, and they've been good conversations."
Harvin, 24, privately has made clear since last summer he expects a new contract to replace the last year of his rookie deal, which has one year remaining with a base salary of $2.9 million. He also has made clear his frustration at times with coordinator Bill Musgrave's offense.
Several NFL sources have said Harvin is seeking upwards of $10 million a year, making him one of the league's highest-paid receivers. That demand could make it challenging for the Vikings to get any significant return in a trade for a volatile player with a complicated medical history.
General manager Rick Spielman has repeatedly said the Vikings have "no intent" to trade Harvin but deliberately stopped short of saying it won't happen. They surely want resolution before April's NFL Draft and the organized team activity practices that begin in May.
"You're right about that," Frazier said. "But I know everything will work out. Rick is going to handle that part of things. He's made it clear that there's no intent to trade Percy. So, we'll see what happens.
"But you're right -- you'd like to know that he's going to be a part of your 53, because he is a unique talent and he does so many things for our team. We talk about what he does as a receiver, but he's a heck of a kickoff return guy as well. Very, very explosive talent, and I'm hoping ... I get a chance to coach him."
Keeping things quiet
The Vikings were scheduled to wrap up meetings with agents for their potential unrestricted free agents on Sunday.
According to NFL sources, team officials -- including Spielman, assistant GM George Paton and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski -- have been asking some agents for numbers, rather than presenting them.
That's no surprise, given the Vikings still are finalizing offseason plans and want to keep their intentions under wraps. There is more time than there used to be between the combine and free agency, which begins this year at 3 p.m. on March 12.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt remains the top priority to re-sign. The other pending UFAs are: fullback Jerome Felton; safety Jamarca Sanford; linebackers Jasper Brinkley, Erin Henderson and Marvin Mitchell; offensive linemen Joe Berger and Geoff Schwartz; and receivers Jerome Simpson and Devin Aromashodu.
Cornerback A.J. Jefferson will be a restricted free agent. Cornerback/return man Marcus Sherels, offensive lineman Troy Kropog and safety Andrew Sendejo are exclusive-rights free agents with no bargaining power, and all indications continue to be they remain in the team's plans.
• Workouts began here on Saturday morning with tight ends and offensive linemen. Quarterbacks, running backs and receivers work out on Sunday, when media access ends.