Sid Hartman, the oldest member of the Vikings Cheerleading Team, is at it again.

For a guy that normally uses this time of year to boost the morale of fanbase, Hartman has decided to pass along a disheartening piece of information about the Percy Harvin saga, just in time for Sunday morning’s paper.

Hartman says that he has gotten word from “some good sources” in the NFL that the troubled receiver has told the Vikings that he no longer wants to play for them and would like to be traded.  Additionally, Hartman says there is no way that Harvin would be reporting for duty when the Vikings begin offseason workouts on April 22nd, which is not a surprise to anyone that is paying attention.

I have noticed over the years that Hartman seems more than willing to be a pawn in the Vikings public relations efforts, and I can’t help but wonder where Hartman got this information and what motives the “sources” had for leaking it, and I find it interesting that Hartman goes out of his way to point out the leverage the Vikings still have in this situation and give credence to Rick Spielman’s assertions that the team will not be trading Harvin.

One must keep in mind that Spielman and his staff are currently fighting a war on two fronts.  They have to balance between maintaining leverage with Harvin, in case negotiations do eventually take place, and also maintain a good game face to maximize their selling price if it comes down to a trade scenario.  Hartman seems to do a good job of helping Spielman out on both fronts with this latest report.

This could all be over as soon as Tuesday.  It may also last right up until Draft Day in April, or even longer.  In theory, this thing could play out over the course of the next couple of years, but that is sounding less and less likely with every report that comes out.

Short of an actual trade, the Vikings signing one of the top free agent receivers available this offseason would be the surest sign of all that the Vikings are ready to move on and will work hard towards shipping Harvin out of town.  Ironically enough, it could be Harvin’s contract demands that prevent a deal from taking place quickly.


  1. …and in a related incident, christian ponder was rushed to the emergency room today, he reportedly coughed up a lung. in an interview outside the hospital, ponder’s doctor was quoted as saying, “at least christian’s wife will still be there to make him look good.”
    a big woman wearing a minnesota vikings jersey with ‘Johnette’ on the back held up a sign apparently in support of ponder, the sign read, “i can catch your balls, christy boy”. nurses were seen snickering nearby, but had no comment

    • that’s just wrong CalVkg. The media is making stuff up again. The sign read “I will catch your balls Fred Evans”, he was at the same hospital getting a reverse vasectomy. We’re trying to start a family! Hope this works out because my brother Johnny is really excited to be our baby sitter.

      • well, congratulations on trying to start a family! i’m sure you’ll have him pregnant in no time!
        just take it easy on the poor guy

  2. I don’t believe the Vikings will resign him any time before the start of the season. If they can’t trade him in the next 2 weeks, a trade may not happen.

    I guess I may need to learn to enjoy reading all the Harvin wants out of Minnesota stories that will be popping up every other day.

  3. Vikings office is playing the game with Percy . They want him to play for us this season on his rookie contract . So smear his name to drop interest in him . Then play the waiting game. Sooner or later he will show up and play. He isn’t worth big money .he hasn’t played a full season. And he gets injured. Soo wait him out.


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