Bernard Berrian restructured his contract, making him a free agent after the 2012 season (one season earlier than his old contract called for), and Percy Harvin acknowledged that he hasn't a migraine all offseason.
"Health is great right. We didn't run into any setbacks," Harvin said. "We're optimistic that it's all pretty much behind me. It worked out good this offseason and I'm ready to roll."
Harvin declined to get into specifics, which isn't unusual when the topic of migraines has surfaced with him in the past, but he did say new measures were taken this offseason as he tries to resolve an issue that has plagued him since childhood.
"We did a lot of things. If the trainer wants to get into details with it, that's up to them. We did a lot of good things [with a doctor]. I'm feeling great right now and looking to go," Harvin said.
Harvin told the Virginian-Pilot in June that the issue could be related to his neck.
"There were a couple of things they found in my neck that I won't get into – some things they found and fixed, along with diet and the rest of the things that can cause them," he said then. "It's been great, and, knock on wood, it'll continue."
The Vikings would like nothing more. He has missed countless practices and a few games because of the headaches or symptoms from them, and, in one of the scarier moments, even collapsed last fall on the practice field because of a reaction to the medication he was taking for them at the time. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and spent the evening there.
Last year, Harvin played in 14 games, starting all but one of those, missing action with a severely sprained ankle. Harvin still led the team in receiving last year, catching 71 passes for 868 yards and five touchdowns and added 107 rushing yards. He set a team record for most combined net yards in a Viking's first two seasons with 3,992.
As for Berrian, he is more likely to stick with the team after he restructured a contract that had called for him to make base salaries of $3.9 million in 2011, $6.9 million in 2012 and $7.9 million in 2013; his salary-cap hit in those seasons was scheduled to be $6.258 million in 2011, $7.833 million in 2012 and $8.833 million in 2013.
His restructured contract surely helps the Vikings' salary-cap situation, as the team entered free agency last week almost $5 million over the $120.375 million salary cap.
The Vikings approached Berrian shortly after the lockout ended, he said, and it wasn't completely a surprise to him.
"Not really. Kind of. I don't know. It was kind of up in the air," Berrian said. "I knew the media had been talking about it, but after I got word from them, that's when we went ahead and met."
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he is expecting big things this year from the wide receiver that Frazier said has a chip on his shoulder.
"He and I talked at length before the lockout was instituted. We talked about his future here and my expectations for him and what he wanted to achieve if he remained a Viking," Frazier said. "I'm convinced he knows that this is the best place for him. He knows we have some things around him and have his best interest at heart, and he has a chance to really thrive in our offense. He's gotten to know [offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave] in the last 48 hours and they talked in-depth about how he's going to be used. Bernard is a guy who is excited about playing. I'm looking forward to watching him play this season. He's going to have a great year. I really believe that."
"… Played in a lot of big games with the Eagles. Led them to a lot of divisional championships, so we know he has what it takes leadership-wise to get the job done. I don't think his arm has fallen off any. We've got a lot of weapons for him to be able to get the job done."
"He's a guy that I'm familiar with from our days in Indianapolis and of course watched him progress and we're fortunate that he was available and we'll just see how he fits in," Frazier said. "… He's been a guy who's been a swing guy who can start. He can also play guard. He can play tackle. You need guys on the offensive line that can play multiple positions and he gives us that. So, we'll see how it pans out."
"That's a tough injury, especially for a cornerback with all the running and cutting we have to do," Winfield said. "But I know that if anyone can do it, it's Griff. He's the hardest working man in America. I mean, that guy trains, and I'm glad to see him out there."
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