Percy reportedly wanted out of Minnesota after it became clear Ponder "was not good enough"

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Percy to Ponder: Peace!
Still slightly intoxicated from AP's mad dash to the MVP with the entire Vikings franchise on his back, Vikings fans tend to forget that for most of the season, second-year quarterback Christian Ponder was an unmitigated, Spurgeon Wynn-esque disaster.

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But if a Yahoo report can be believed, Percy Harvin didn't forget. In fact, Ponder's ineptitude was the last straw prompting Percy to want out of Minnesota once and for all.

From Yahoo's Jason Cole:
According to two sources, the straw that broke the Vikings' back with Harvin is when he bemoaned the fact that quarterback Christian Ponder, a 2011 first-round pick, was not good enough. That came even though Ponder consistently fed Harvin the ball.
Of course, Harvin was also unhappy with his contract, which paid him a nothing-by-NFL-standards $915,000 last season. But Percy's final blowup last November with coach Leslie Frazier was ultimately about on-field offensive issues, as detailed by 1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero in December:
[During Harvin's last game as a Viking in Seattle], TV cameras caught Harvin waving his arms and screaming at Frazier on the sideline over his frustration with the Vikings' struggling offense.

According to four NFL sources, Harvin and Frazier had another heated exchange weeks later in front of some players and staff members, fueling speculation about a deteriorating relationship that could spell the end of Harvin's four seasons in Minnesota.

Details of that altercation remain clouded, though it is believed to have begun in the training room at the Vikings' facility.
Whether it's about the catering or the quarterback, the Vikings have been having a real hard time pleasing their high-profile receivers in recent years.


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16 comments
Branden Strot
Branden Strot

ya, you can be all game changing and be a great player or whatever you want. but if your not on the field, it doesnt matter.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

he's not wrong, but that doesnt mean he can take half the year off every season.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

well, harvin, at least ponder plays 16 games a season

Nathan Anderson
Nathan Anderson

Ponder is showing signs of maybe becoming a good quarterback but I think he's a wuss for not playing the last game of the season. Harvin has been trouble the whole time he's been with us. His great play doesn't make up for all the time he's not on the field. I'm not a huge fan of Frazier's coaching so I can't blame Harvin there but I'm a huge fan of getting something worthy for him while he's still worth something. We'll see how these picks turn out...

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

harvin is a dez bryant steve smith carolina clone

Dave Troy
Dave Troy

He's right, but he should do things the right way. He should have sat down with City Pages and put out a nice article about his concerns ;)

skywalker
skywalker

Ponder does suck, and Joe Webb is worse. Not sure what they were thinking trading Sage.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This was a very predictable conclusion to this situation.  Yes, Ponder was mostly awful.  But Percy was the only receiver capable of 1) getting open and 2) catching the ball.  There is another team on the field, and they could see the obvious, so Percy wasn't going to always be open.  And then Ponder wasn't always able to get him the ball anyway.  Phil Loadholt was an absolute turnstile against decent pass rushers, and the game looks too fast for Ponder to this point.

Add to that the fact that Percy has always and everywhere been a pain in the ass.  The writing was on the wall when the Vikings went from "Maybe he'll play this weekend" to "He's done for the year," and then Percy just disappeared.  If he had any intention of playing again for the Vikings, he would have made at least a few appearances late in the season, if only on the sideline and in meetings.  So he was done with the Vikings for whatever reason.  I suspect he and the Vikings disagreed on the severity of his ankle sprain, and with his doubts about Ponder and his discontent about his pay; along with the Vikings' doubts about his longevity as a player and his commitment to the team effort; this was inevitable.

At least the Vikes got some picks for him.  Maybe they can bundle their two late-first-round picks for a high pick or a high-profile player, or they can use all the picks they have in the drafts, or otherwise get some quality at WR and depth elsewhere.  Had the Vikes waited until Percy no-showed in the Spring, or for Training Camp, or even held out the full season, they wouldn't have gotten anything at all for him.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@swmnguy The Vikings ripped off the Seahawks.  Percy is a fine weapon but not really a red zone threat.  Elite WRs are big and tall and don't get stopped in the red zone. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann  That's my gut feeling too.  The 49ers paid a lot less for Boldin.  Now the challenge is to see what the Vikings make of all their draft picks, and FA signings.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @swmnguy Only reason Culpupper looked good Moss, Carter and Reed. Look at the highlight reels, Awesome catches made from bad throws.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@CinBlueland Very true.  Plenty of QB's go from poor to great when they get a couple of guys who can catch the ball.

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