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Updated: June 20th, 2012 8:13am
Source: Unhappy receiver Percy Harvin requests trade from Vikings

Source: Unhappy receiver Percy Harvin requests trade from Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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The Percy Harvin situation appears to be escalating quickly.

An NFL source confirmed early Wednesday morning that Harvin has requested a trade, less than 24 hours after he first revealed to reporters he's "not happy" with several issues he wouldn't identify. The Associated Press first reported the request.

Harvin, 24, has two years remaining 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.

He was on the field for minicamp on Tuesday but participated only in individual drills -- which coach Leslie Frazier chalked up to Harvin's recovery from shoulder surgery in April.

Asked whether the "issues" must be resolved before he'd report to training camp, Harvin said, "Definitely."

The contract no doubt is part of Harvin's beef with the Vikings, who seem unlikely to grant the request. But they were wary of paying Harvin even before this situation began to unfold, given concerns about his durability, lifestyle and history of insubordination.

Though Harvin is beloved in the locker room, there long has been a feeling no one knows what to expect from him, and the content of his impromptu media session after the first walkthrough of minicamp was just the latest example.

Only three weeks ago, Harvin was speaking about setting an example and being a leader for one of the NFL's youngest teams. Now, apparently, he's willing to play his most valuable leverage chip and say he wants out.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin