One of the most prominent names popping up in the NFL trade market is Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, with the Patriots rumored among the possible suitors. If the Vikings’ best player has his way, though, Harvin won’t be going anywhere.
Adrian Peterson told KFAN-AM in Minneapolis on Tuesday that if it were his call, he would not deal the troubled wideout at any cost.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know if we will or not [trade him],” Peterson said. “But me, individually, and giving you my opinion, I wouldn’t trade him for nothing.”
Peterson, whose 2,097 rushing yards earned him the MVP this season, said that Harvin is simply to important of a player to let go. He does have a point, as Minnesota’s air attack dropped substantially after Havin was lost for the season on Nov. 4. The University of Florida product posted team highs in receptions (62) and receiving yards (677) despite playing in just nine games, and was leading the NFL in all-purpose yards before his season-ending ankle injury.
“To do the the things that he’s able to do, I don’t think there will be a player able to do it better than him. Ever,” Peterson said.
The Vikings were pleasantly surprised with the performance of second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph this season (53 catches, 493 yards, nine touchdowns), but losing Harvin would be a crushing blow to receiving corps of a team that finished 31st in the NFL in passing. The remainder of the team’s wideouts combined for just five touchdowns in 2012.
It remains to be seen if head coach Leslie Frazier, with whom Harvin has publicly quarreled, shares his running back’s sentiments.
Photo via Facebook/Percy Harvin