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Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings

Yesterday, wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a slew of draft picks including a 1st and 7th rounder in this year’s draft. Today, Harvin got that gigantic contract he’s been looking for all along (and a chance to build that Scrooge McDuck style vault/swimming pool I’m sure he’s always wanted).

According to Profootballtalk, Harvin has signed a six-year contract worth $67 million.

The base salaries are $2.5 million in 2013 (fully guaranteed), $11 million in 2014 (guaranteed for injury for now, fully guaranteed on fifth day of the 2014 waiver period), $10.5 million in 2015, $9.9 million in 2016, $9.95 million in 2016, and $11.15 million in 2017.

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Today is all of your birthdays in one day, and right now every NFL writer is as giddy as old age home residents settling in for a Matlock marathon, or even better, a 28-year-old man(?) watching multiple episodes of the original G.I. Joe series (true story: this happened in the early morning hours Saturday, and I feel no shame). Free agency day, guys. The best.

But first before we go about the business of spoon feeding you every imaginable rumor and doing one final preview of the madness that will begin this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET, let’s use the magic of gambling to take one more look back on yesterday’s insanity.

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It’s debatable whether or not Percy Harvin was ever really gruntled in Minnesota, but right now he’s certainly disgruntled. His relationship with Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has crumbled, leaving rapidly declining hope for a contract extension with the receiver’s rookie deal set to expire at the end of next season. Nonetheless, the Vikings have repeatedly denied any intention to pursue a trade (like this: “we have no intent to trade him“), even as reports surfaced that Harvin has requested (demanded?) a move, and an exit from a toxic situation.

Now it appears the screeching sound you just heard was general manager Rick Spielman repeatedly running over every word he’s said recently regarding Harvin.

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Arizona Cardinals v Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin is done with the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune’s Sid Hartman.

Hartman’s sources told him Harvin doesn’t want to play for the Vikings and wants to be traded. The former University of Florida star recorded 62 receptions, 677 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2012.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman has made it clear he won’t trade Harvin and the team is $16 million under the salary cap.

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According to multiple reports, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is looking for a contract extension that would put him in the same contract bracket as the best wide receiver in football.

Harvin, who becomes a free agent after the 2013 season, thinks he has a special set of skills, and believes he deserves a deal similar to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

While the Vikings and Harvin’s agent, Joel Segal, have yet to exchange contract proposals, it’s believed that Harvin wants money closer to what Calvin Johnson got from Detroit in 2012 (eight years, $132 million) than to Jackson or Bowe. That’s an average of $16.5 million per year compared to a little more than $11 million for Jackson and Bowe. As one person put it about Harvin, he considers himself a “special” player and executives around the league have fed that attitude by telling people close to him how difficult it is to cover Harvin.

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Minnesota Vikings  v Washington Redskins

A few days ago WCCO’s Mike Max dropped a bombshell, stating Percy Harvin didn’t leave the team during the season solely due to injury.

Multiple sources tell Max that Harvin had an embarrassing tirade directed toward Frasier, disrespecting the coach during the season when Harvin was sidelined with an injured ankle. Teammates were present, and Max was told that is when Harvin left the team and was put on injured reserve.

Max’s sources say Harvin’s teammates weren’t happy after his tirade. Before we start concocting elaborate trade proposals it’s worth nothing this is a report from a CBS affiliate in Minnesota. That said, Harvin has had his run ins with Vikings coaches before, most notably former Head Coach Brad Childress.

On Monday, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Harvin hasn’t issued an ultimatum to team management, but the wideout does believe he should be paid like a top WR. Speaking to a source close to Harvin, Rapoport states the former Gator and his agent will open a dialogue with the Vikings at the NFL scouting combine.

Stay tuned. This is going to get interesting.

Yesterday we did some wild speculating, which I guess didn’t make Monday much different than any other day. Our target was Percy Harvin, because there’s a strong possibility he could be traded by Minnesota this offseason, even though admittedly the odds of that possibility becoming reality seem low primarily due to the likely asking price. That’s never stopped us before, though, so the dreaming of big dreams began as we wondered what the best potential Harvin destinations would be for fantasy purposes (Harvin and A.J. Green together? Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy).

But ever so slowly the hints of a Harvin departure are piling up, so maybe — just maybe — one of those fantasy dreams will come true.

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