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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Eden Prairie, MN - As rumors continue to swell at Vikings' mini camps, general manager Rick Spielman finally took the stand Wednesday to clear the air as much as he could.
"On everything that's been reported," Spielman said in opening. "From our standpoint, the Minnesota Vikings, we have no interest at all in trading Percy Harvin. We drafted Percy Harvin here, he's a key part of our organization and a key part of our football team. Any issues that are out there or are reported, we always handle those internally and will continue to handle those internally."
Spielman hinted at the fact that the organization has known about Harvin's "issues" for longer than the last week but that the topic just came to the public eye Tuesday as Harvin spewed his feelings.
While Rick has yet to sit down to chat with Percy he did say that Coach Frazier and Percy sat down for a chat after Tuesday's practice and that Spielman has been on the phone multiple times with Percy's agent Joel Segal. Both situations hint at this being primarily a contract related issue.
"It’s part of the NFL," Spielman said. "There's always going to be some players where you have to deal with specific issues and you have to deal with them internally, get them resolved and move forward."
As far as moving forward, Vikings training camp kicks off at the end of July and yesterday's conversation with Percy hinted at the idea that if this issue is not resolved, Harvin may not show for the beginning of camp. Spielman didn't seem worried.
"[Percy's] another player that's under contract," Spielman said. "We expect all our players that are under contract to be at training camp."
Again, the root of the problem seems to be surrounding the idea that Harvin is seeking a contract extension based on his value to the team and on field production. Percy is entering the fourth year of his five year rookie deal and Spielman reiterated the fact that the Vikings may not be ready to deal with Harvin's issue quite yet. Spielman said, "Our philosophy has always been that as players enter the last year of their contract, we have a history of extending players."
While both sides continue to spew differing information, one thing is for sure. We have not heard the last of Percy Harvin's "unhappiness," and it will surely make the 5-week lull between mini-camps and training camp a little more interesting for Vikings fans.
Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings' updates and breaking Vikings' news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjMansourKFAN