The Cincinnati Bengals still don't have a clearly defined wide receiver opposite A.J. Green, but they won't trade for Percy Harvin.
We've tried staying out in front of the Percy Harvin story, even posting an opinion on June 20, 2012 that the Bengals won't trade for the Minnesota Vikings prima donna star wide receiver. We did it again last month, factoring reported costs of $10 million per season that Harvin could demand, as well as being a significant locker room disruption.
Yet Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman clearly stated that there's no intension to trade Harvin:
"As I stated earlier, we have no intent to trade (him)," Spielman told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine."Anything related to his contract or any discussions will all be kept internally. I think everybody understands what type of player Percy Harvin is. He's a dynamic playmaker, not only on offense (and) the things that he can do with different positions, but also what he brings us as a kickoff returner."
That doesn't mean Harvin doesn't want out. According to Sid Hartman with the Star Tribune, Harvin has reportedly told the Vikings that "he doesn't want to play for them and wants to be traded." Hartman writes:
Harvin’s relationship with the Vikings has been much-discussed, including rumors that he isn’t pleased with the coaches’ plans for him on offense and that he does not get along with the medical staff. Quite simply, it seemed as though Harvin wasn’t happy here, and that was made obvious when he didn’t hang around the team during the late-season push toward the playoffs while he rehabbed his ankle.
We don't expect the Cincinnati Bengals to make a major play for an established wide receiver this offseason -- Cincinnati won't pay for two No. 1 receivers when A.J. Green's window for negotiation opens next year.