Wednesday, January 9, 2013
BBAO: Percy Harvin 'coexists peacefully'
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin will be back at the team's facility for at least one day soon to conduct his exit interview and physical. In speaking to reporters Tuesday, coach Leslie Frazier continued to downplay Harvin's departure from the team after he was placed on injured reserve and said he "coexists peacefully" with the franchise.
The Vikings have a decision to make this offseason on Harvin, who has one year remaining on his contract and thus could be in line for a contract extension. My sense on him remains the same: He might require more personal maintenance than most players, but he also produces more game-changing plays than most players.
That's not uncommon when it comes to building NFL teams. You deal with issues provided there is a reasonable reward. In Harvin's case, there is. He is too good of a player, and at 24 he is too young, to give up on.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Expectations for the Vikings in 2013 are raised, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
- The Star Tribune offers seven offseason topics for the Vikings to consider, including pending free agents.
- Frazier wants veteran defensive players Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield to return in 2013, according to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Running back DuJuan Harris could be the Green Bay Packers' unsung playoff hero, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Packers receiver Jordy Nelson (knee) did not practice Tuesday, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. The Packers' first injury report of the week is due Wednesday.
- The Packers have changed their offensive identity, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- The Chicago Bears' assistant coaching staff is playing the waiting game, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
- Former Bears coach Mike Ditka is glad the team is considering special teams coaches in its coaching search, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune believes that interviewing Mike Singletary for the Bears' top job is a mistake.
- Justin Rogers of Mlive.com grades the Detroit Lions' special teams.
- The Lions believe that defensive end Ronnell Lewis will be a pass-rushing factor in 2013, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions receiver Nate Burleson told NFL Network, via Josh Kaztenstein of the Detroit News, that he was surprised the team let receivers coach Shawn Jefferson go.