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Harvin now views 2012 as “contract year”

Percy Harvin

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin enjoys a laugh during NFL football practice, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Harvin has asked to be traded, saying earlier in the week he was upset with the team but not elaborating. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


He wasn’t unhappy about money, but money could be the thing that eventually secures his happiness.

Receiver Percy Harvin gave fans a ride wilder than one of his long kickoff returns this week. On Tuesday, Harvin said he’s not happy, but he wouldn’t say why. On Wednesday, he skipped one of the team’s practices during a three-day mandatory minicamp. By Thursday, however, Harvin was pretending as if nothing had happened, actually feigning surprise over the fact that people were concerned.

While it’s still not clear what made Harvin unhappy and what transpired to turn him around again, a source with knowledge of the 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year’s mindset tells PFT that Harvin now regards his fourth season as a contract year -- even though he still has two years left on his contract.

This suggests that part of whatever the Vikings said to make Harvin reconsider whatever it was that made him reportedly ask to be traded included a suggestion that, if he performs well and behaves this season, the Vikings will take care of him financially in 2013.

Of course, the fact that Harvin seems happy for now doesn’t mean that everything will continue to be fine going forward. Though he never has been a full-blown malcontent, Harvin has enough of a history of alleged outbursts to make it reasonable to be leery that another one is lurking with the same degree of predictability as the migraines from which he once suffered on a fairly regular basis.

The Vikings and their fans had the migraine this week, courtesy of Harvin. Now that it has subsided, it’s more than reasonable to worry about when the next one is coming.