Vikings receiver Percy Harvin hints at holdout: 'I'm not happy'
Get the 1500 ESPN SportsWire delivered to your inbox daily, and keep up with all the news in Twin Cities Sports
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin was back on the practice field as the Minnesota Vikings opened minicamp on Tuesday, but he strongly hinted he may not be there when training camp begins.
Speaking to reporters for the first time in several weeks, Harvin repeatedly said he's "not happy" with multiple issues and those issues "definitely" must be resolved before he'd report to Mankato for training camp on July 26.
"I'll just put it this way -- it's a lot of different things that have to be sorted out," Harvin said. "Just haven't been real happy lately. So, we've got a couple things to work on. I'm here in the classroom, so we'll go from here."
Harvin, 24, wouldn't say whether one of the issues is his contract, but that stands 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.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier also steered around a question about Harvin's contract, saying that he has spoken with Harvin, he plans to speak with him further and "the good thing is that he's here. Just happy that he's here and participating and a part of what we're doing and looking forward to him having a great 2012."
Harvin also said he doesn't intend to practice much during the three-day minicamp. But Frazier said coaches always planned to minimize their top receiver's work while he recovers from April surgery to remove bone spurs in one of his shoulders.
"I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be at training camp," Frazier said. "I expect him to be at camp, expect all our guys to be at camp, yeah."
Told of Harvin's words and the anger with which he delivered them, Frazier said simply, "I really feel like when he and I sit down and talk in-depth, whatever that is that's on his heart or on his mind, we'll get through it."
Harvin posted career-highs last season with 87 receptions for 967 yards (11.1 average), plus 345 yards on 52 carries and nine total touchdowns.
His agent, Joel Segal, did not immediately return a phone call.
'Just haven't been real happy lately'
The following is a partial transcript of Harvin's short session with reporters:
Is your anticipation you'll practice here in minicamp?
Our whole plan was training camp. So, we'll still shoot for training camp. I feel fine right now. Feel great. So, I'm just in the classroom, taking as much as I can, and I'm just staying on the schedule they put me on.
Not expect participate?
I'll just put it this way -- it's a lot of different things that have to be sorted out. Just haven't been real happy lately. So, we've got a couple things to work on. I'm here in the classroom, so we'll go from here.
Does the shoulder have to do with it?
Like I said, we've got a couple different issues.
Is your contract one of the issues?
I don't get into specifics. Just overall haven't been real happy. But we're here. hopefully, we can get things worked out and go from there.
What does that mean -- 'I'm not happy overall?'
We're kind of keeping everything in house. If specific people choose to tell you the stories, then they do. I keep everything in house and we deal with things in house. So, that's the way I keep it.
Was there any question you'd be here for the mandatory minicamp?
It was no question. I planned on being here. I'm doing everything I told you guys I was going to do to prepare myself and that's as far as I'll go with that.
How confident are you that you'll be able to be at minicamp if you're not happy with whatever's going on?
We've got a lot of time between then, hopefully a lot of conversations. It's different issues. It's hard to try to tell you guys without telling you guys. I'll just keep it at that.
But that has to be worked out before you'll report to training camp?
Is the offense mostly the same, or are there new wrinkles?
I'm going to be honest with you guys -- I've been watching tape, but it's more just working on things from last year. I'm into it, but like I said, I'm not happy with things so I haven't really been in tune to personnels and stuff right now. I'm just overall just watching game film, I'm breaking down quarterbacks, breaking down myself, defenses that I may face that I faced last year and things like that.
How dissatisfied are you?
I'm just not happy. I won't go into how unhappy. I'm just overall not happy with a couple situations.