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Cris Carter: Vikings are 'better off' without Percy Harvin

Vikings Hall of Famer Cris Carter said the team was better off without Percy Harvin because of his high salary and likelihood of getting injured. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) The Vikings are better off without Percy Harvin because of his high salary and likelihood of getting injured, according to Hall of Famer Cris Carter. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Former Vikings receiver and recent inductee into the Hall of Fame, Cris Carter, said he approved of the trade that sent Percy Harvin to the Seahawks. The Vikings sent Harvin to the Seahawks in exchange for Seattle's 2013 first-round selection and two other draft picks on Monday.

Carter commented to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

"I think the organization did the right thing," said Carter. "I’m not surprised, given the situation with him not being happy and there being so little chance of a contract extension for the type of money he wants. So they’re better off, especially with a young quarterback, trading Percy and getting something for him compared to going through the season rolling the dice."

Carter also mentioned Harvin's high salary requirements and injury risk:

"They’re able to keep their salary cap intact rather than paying $11 million to $13 million a year to a guy that you don’t know how much he’s going to play. With Percy’s style, he’s going to get hurt. And don’t forget, the Vikings also had a lot of success without Percy at the end of last season."
Harvin, 24, played in nine games last season and had 677 receiving yards with three touchdowns. He also served as one of the team's kick returners, averaging 35.9 yards per return.

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