Rick Spielman says Vikings have 'no intent' to trade Percy Harvin
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Rick Spielman says the Minnesota Vikings have "no intent" to trade Percy Harvin and expect him to report to training camp.
Not that Spielman has much choice, since saying anything else would harm the Vikings' leverage in this staredown with one of their best players.
"We have no intent of trading Percy Harvin," the Vikings' general manager said during a session with a small group of reporters on Friday at Winter Park.
"Percy Harvin is under contract and we expect him, just like all of our players under contract, to be here. He is a very good football player, but he knows what he does for our football team."
Asked specifically if that means the Vikings won't trade Harvin, Spielman said, "Again, there is no intent to trade Percy Harvin. He is a very good football player. I'm not going to talk about any contractual issues because those are kept internal."
Harvin, 24, has one year remaining on his rookie contract with a scheduled base salary of $2.9 million. He privately has made clear since last summer he expects a new deal before the 2013 season, and his camp has leaked word he'll hold out if he doesn't get it.
Several NFL sources told 1500ESPN.com this week Harvin wants a contract that averages more than $10 million per season, placing him among the NFL's highest-paid receivers -- complicating any trade talks the Vikings might try to initiate.
"I know there's a lot of sources. There's a lot of rumor," Spielman said. "There's so much stuff flying out there this time of year that comes from everywhere. I know where we stand and there's the people in this organization -- it's a very close circle on what gets out -- and so I sit there and look at some of the stuff.
"But I would just say don't believe all the half-truths or the rumors or the no-truths that are out there because there is so much stuff that flies around and flies around on the draft kids before the draft."
Known for his volatile personality since his days at the University of Florida, Harvin expressed unhappiness during June's minicamp and briefly demanded a trade.
But he was having his best season before suffering a ligament tear in his left ankle on Nov. 4 at Seattle, where he screamed at coach Leslie Frazier on the sideline out of frustration with the Vikings' struggling passing game.
"I know (coordinator) Bill Musgrave does a great job, I think, trying to get Percy (the ball)," Spielman said. "But I'll leave that between the coaches and Percy. That's something that's between coach and Percy."
Will Harvin hold out absent a new deal?
"I'm not going to get into hypotheticals," Spielman said. "... We expect all our players under contract to be here."