The Minnesota Vikings have no plans on trading wide receiver Percy Harvin.
General manager Rick Spielman said as much in a small meeting with beat reporters this afternoon, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN.
“We have no intent of trading Percy Harvin," said Spielman, who is preparing to head to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next week where Harvin will likely remain a hot topic in league circles.
"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."
Spielman said the team expects Harvin to be in training camp as he enters the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.9 million this season. Of course, Harvin would like a new deal.
“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."
Spielman doesn’t have much choice. He has to say the Vikings intend to keep Harvin this season. If he doesn’t, the Vikings will have greatly reduced leverage in the event they are trying to, you know, trade him. Stay tuned. This situation isn’t over yet.
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