Percy Harvin makes a quiet entrance at Vikings training camp
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was one of the last players to arrive on the Minnesota State University campus before the 4 p.m. deadline for players to report for training camp.
But the key thing was he did show up.
Harvin caused a stir at the Vikings' minicamp in June by saying he wasn't happy about undisclosed issues. He then demanded a trade and missed a practice before reversing course and saying on his Twitter account that he planned to report to Mankato.
Nonetheless, Vikings officials had to be pleased when they saw Harvin had decided to follow through on his decision to show up on time.
Harvin did not speak to reporters upon his arrival and team security personnel stood near him as he looked for the bicycle he was assigned to ride to practices and meetings on campus.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he ran into Harvin at the barbershop on Wednesday in the Twin Cities and said he feels good about where things stand.
"We talked some more there, just by coincidence, and it was great to see him," Frazier said. "We've had good conversations. Obviously, we want him to do well. He's a key part of what we want to get done here in Mankato and into the season, but all is good."
Harvin, 24, wouldn't say whether one of the issues he had was with his contract, but that did stand to reason. He has two years left on his original rookie deal, with base salaries of $915,000 in 2012 and $1.55 million in 2013, plus modest workout bonuses of $27,500 in each year.
Harvin, who has become one of the NFL's best slot receivers, led the Vikings last season with 87 receptions for 967 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed 52 times for 345 yards and two touchdowns.
Frazier continues to refer to Harvin as one of the team's leaders. Asked if there are challenges to that in light of the minicamp situation, Frazier said, "I think one of the things you have to be able to do in Percy's case is be the Percy that we all know.
"His teammates respect him so much. So does our coaching staff. He's a guy who has been there and we were able to count on a season ago when we had, as you guys know, a ton of injuries and really a tough situation. He was one of the guys we could count on throughout the year and if he can continue to be that person that his teammates can trust and can count on and do the things he has done for us in the past, I won't see any problems with Percy because we know that he loves the game. He has a passion for the game.
"He wants to bring a championship to Minnesota and when that's the case, we can all work towards the same common goal. All of us working towards bringing a championship to Minnesota and that's where he is and that tells me that he has a chance to be the type of leader he can be."