Report: Vikes WR Percy Harvin plans holdout if contract isn’t offered
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin plans to skip all offseason activities so long as the team hasn’t upgraded his contract, reports ProFootballtalk.com.
Harvin is scheduled to make $2.9 million next year, which is the final year of his rookie contract. He originally signed a five-year, $12.05 million contract, with $8.425 million guaranteed in 2009. He is scheduled to become a free agent in 2014. Last year’s top wide receiver free agent, Vincent Jackson, received a five-year deal worth $55.5 million from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And while it’s also unclear whether Harvin wants to stay in Minnesota, whether the Vikings will pay him what he wants surely has a lot to do with whether he’ll want to stay.
Because Harvin has four years of service, he could stay away from training camp and skip up to 10 weeks of the regular season while still getting credit toward the final year of his contract and becoming an unrestricted free agent next year.
Harvin caught 62 passes for 677 yards and three touchdowns, had 22 rushes for 96 yards and one score and one kickoff return for a touchdown in nine games last season. He missed the final month of the season after suffering a complete ligament tear in his left ankle.