EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - On the record, the Vikings insisted they had no intention of trading explosive receiver-returner Percy Harvin.
But behind closed doors, team officials apparently decided they had no choice but to deal the disgruntled star, whose attitude threatened to divide and distract an improving ball club.
Adam Schefter of ESPN and other sources are reporting that Harvin has been traded to the Seahawks pending a physical.
In return, Schefter says, the Vikings will receive at least the Seahawks 2013 first round draft pick. Fox football insider Jay Glazer says the Vikings will also get a seventh round pick in 2013, and a mid-round pick in 2014.
Multiple reports on Tuesday evening said that the 2014 pick will be a third rounder.
The deal can be finalized at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, when the new league year begins.
Pro Football Talk (PFT) cites a source that says the Seahawks have promised to give Harvin a new contract, one that will approach, quote, "Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald money." Insiders say Harvin and his representatives are looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $10 million per year.
Harvin was due to make $2.8 million this year, the last in his rookie deal.
It's not known which other teams were interested in Harvin, but a source with knowledge of the situation says the Seahawks were far and away the most aggressive.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reacted to the news on his Twitter account.
He wrote "The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!
He later Tweeted, "I wish my boy Percy nothing but success. God bless you homie."
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