Harvin was caught by television cameras shouting at Vikings coach Leslie Frazier on the sideline during their Nov. 4 game against Seattle, the game in which Harvin suffered a season-ending ankle injury, and he reportedly got into another confrontation with Frazier during the season. But Spielman maintained Frazier's stance from previous media inquiries about Harvin, indicating the coaching staff and front office don't have a problem with Harvin's behavior.
"Percy comes to work every day. Everybody sees what Percy puts on the field. He plays the game as hard or harder than anyone else in the NFL, the effort that he puts up out there," Spielman said. "So, we have no issues with Percy Harvin."
Earlier this week, Frazier said Harvin would be returning to Winter Park for his exit physical – a standard practice with every player after the season – and they would talk then. However, Frazier downplayed any perceived issues with Harvin, saying he will "coexist peacefully."
"He exists peacefully now. Just get back, get healthy, get back on the football field," Frazier said Tuesday.
Harvin has one year remaining on his rookie contract that calls for a $1.55 million base salary and a salary-cap number of $2.68 million.
"We're going to go through our process first before we make any decisions on any of our players, our UFAs (unrestricted free agents), any extensions," Spielman said when asked if the team was considering an extension for Harvin. "All that stuff will be done over the next month here as we lay the game plan going forward.
"There's a lot of guys out of Percy's draft that are playing for us that are going into the final year of their deal. Like I said, we go through every single guy on our roster, look at when their deals are coming up. Should we extend them or try to get it done a year early, how does that fit our work with Rob Brzezinski (VP of football operations), who is great at what he does keeping us straight on our cap situation and how we can keep a competitive roster. Right now, I'm looking at the '14 and '15 roster, too, and potential guys that are coming up."
Despite missing six games, Harvin still led the Vikings with 62 catches, 677 yards receiving and a 35.9-yard average on kickoff returns.
Spielman downplayed concerns about Harvin's durability.
"Percy lays his body on the line, just like Adrian (Peterson) lays his body on the line. Sure, Percy's smaller, but Percy is pretty well strapped together now," Spielman said. "He's not a skinny receiver. He's built like a smaller running back. He's not built like a typical, leaner receiver. We believe he does have the durability to do what he needs to do and to play 16 games in the NFL."
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