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