MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 7: Wide receiver Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings gets ready for the game with the Arizona Cardinals at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 7 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Much is being made in the past 24 hours about Percy Harvin's unhappiness. Initially Harvin told reporters on Tuesday that he had a handful issues that's ultimately making him unhappy, hinting at a holdout when the Vikings report to training camp on July 26. The nature of those issues weren't explored, but it's always safe to conclude the most obvious being money.
On Wednesday Harvin's stance went from being unhappy and hinting a holdout to a request for a trade, reported by the Associated Press.
Now. Here's our obligatory post in reaction to this: The Cincinnati Bengals are not going to trade for Percy Harvin. This isn't to say that the team wouldn't be better with Harvin, only that there's not going to be a trade for Percy Harvin. Though if the Bengals wanted to investigate their options, there is ammunition available to them with an additional second-round pick (from the Carson Palmer trade), which would be tied into another high-value selection.
Ultimately it's an issue of money.
Soon this team will be faced with a growing number of extensions, with defensive tackle Geno Atkins, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green likely signing new contracts in the foreseeable future.
That doesn't include the team's overall interest to bring linebackers Thomas Howard, Manny Lawson and Rey Maualuga back, as well as defensive end Michael Johnson, running back Bernard Scott and offensive tackle Andre Smith, all of whom are entering the final year of their existing contract.
Offering another top-dollar contract to a wide receiver when Green is due one within a few years, doesn't seem like a logical move; not when several other players are due increases and new deals (we suspect at least).
Though it's fun to weigh and debate bringing a talented player to compete for a starting job, ultimately we don't see the Vikings trading Harvin, who would be their best wide receiver with a second-year quarterback starving for weapons.