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Updated: January 8th, 2013 2:15pm
Percy Harvin set to return to Minnesota but future remains uncertain

Percy Harvin set to return to Minnesota but future remains uncertain

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin is scheduled to return to Winter Park this month, the only question is if that will mark the last time the talented but recalcitrant wide receiver sets foot in the Minnesota Vikings' facility.

Harvin is scheduled to travel back to Minnesota for his exit physical after leaving the team to go home to Florida following the decision to place him on injured reserve on Dec. 5.

Harvin suffered a complete ligament tear in his left ankle on Nov. 4 in the Vikings' loss at Seattle.

The Vikings' decision to place Harvin on injured reserve followed an incident in which four NFL sources told 1500 ESPN that Harvin and coach Leslie Frazier had a heated exchange in front of some players and staff members.

Harvin's season ended much the same way it had opened. In June, he arrived at the team's minicamp, announced he wasn't happy, demanded a trade and then soon thereafter rescinded that demand.

Harvin's departure to Florida in December led to further speculation that he remains unhappy in Minnesota.

"I know he rooted for his teammates throughout this process," Frazier said Tuesday in discussing Harvin's absence from the team during a run that ended with a playoff loss on Saturday at Green Bay. "There is probably nobody more excited about what we achieved as a team than Percy."

Frazier, who handled much of the crisis management when Harvin was unhappy in June, said he will get a chance to visit with Harvin during his exit interview. Frazier also reiterated, as he has since Harvin left the team, that it's not unheard of for injured players to return home and do their rehab away from the club.

Asked what he will discuss with Harvin, Frazier said: "It'll be more just to see how he is physically, just to talk with him a little bit. And I know (Vikings athletic trainer) Eric Sugarman and his staff will bring me up to date on that. But it will just be more reconnecting as opposed to getting on the same page."

As for Harvin's injury, Frazier has been told the receiver is "headed in the right direction."

"He has to go through his physical, and I'll learn more once he gets through (it)," Frazier said.

Despite the fact he will be coming off a season-ending injury and is known for being volatile, Harvin will be looking for a new contract this offseason.

He will be entering the last season of his rookie contract next year and is due to make $1.55 million, plus a modest workout bonus of $27,500. Harvin almost certainly will be looking for a long-term extension this offseason and there is no guarantee the Vikings will want to reward him with one.

"I've made a point to not get in too deep with those contract conversations," Frazier said when asked about the matter. "I trust (general manager) Rick Spielman and (vice president of football operations) Rob Brzezinski in that area and they'll bring you up to speed on where guys are when it comes to their contracts.

"So I try to separate the two between being head coach and staying out of contract negotiations. So his agent will have those discussions and they'll figure out what needs to be done."

Harvin finished the regular season as the Vikings' leading receiver with 62 catches for 677 yards with three touchdowns in nine games. He also rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

The Vikings, though, went 5-2 without Harvin and won their final four games to get into the playoffs with a 10-6 mark.

Frazier downplayed a question about whether Harvin could coexist with others in the organization.

"I don't know if there is anything that needs to be done," in regards to Harvin, Frazier said. "I mean, he'll coexist peacefully. He exists peacefully now. Just get back, get healthy, get back on the football field." 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin
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