Spielman Talks Harvin, Free Agency & More

Posted Mar 13, 2013

On the trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks:

“It was something that happened relatively quickly and I give credit to John Schneider, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks organization for being able to get this deal done. There were a lot of moving parts involved with it but it really heated up over the weekend is when it actually happened and we were able to get it done in a couple of days. To do a deal of this magnitude and for both teams to agree, then to get a Percy Harvin and a contract they had to put in place, and us to get the draft compensation that we were looking for, it worked out for both clubs.”

On the relationship between Percy Harvin and Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier:

“There are a lot of things that are reported out there that aren’t necessarily true. We had no real major issues with Percy Harvin and we just wish nothing but success for Percy out in Seattle.”

On the upcoming draft for the Vikings:

“We have 11 draft picks coming up here in this draft. Our big plan at the start of this free agency period was to sign our own players. To get Phil Loadholt was a big deal for us and that was our number one priority. We ended up signing a lot of our guys back that were unrestricted free agents, and the philosophy going forward is get your players back and then build through the draft. Hopefully we were able to get a lot of our key players back from a playoff football team. By no way are we satisfied with that; we want to continue to build off of what we were doing last year. Get the guys back that got you there and then have hopefully another successful draft.”

On if there is a wide receiver in free agency he can envision replacing Percy Harvin:

“We’re going to take a very slow, methodical approach. We’ll look at options out there. Your roster is not built by Friday or what it’s going to look like as you head into training camp. So we’ll just monitor everything, we may pick up a guy here or there, but again our core values and our core philosophy is to keep your own players and to draft well.”

On if free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings is in the Vikings’ plans:

“[Laughing] I’ll just tell you that our philosophy is to keep our own players and draft well.”

On the decision to release cornerback Antoine Winfield:

“Those kinds of decisions are extremely tough. Antoine Winfield is an excellent football player; he’s a leader on our team, leader in the locker room and even out in the community. But sometimes when you have to make tough business decisions, it has nothing to do with anything else but that. The reason why we let him go yesterday is because we knew we were going to not be able to handle the business side of it with him, so it gave him an opportunity to go out and potentially get on the market with the other guys when free agency started. But we definitely want to keep the door open and hopefully you never know what happens down the road. The door will always be open for a potential Antoine Winfield return.”

On the moves made by other teams in the NFC North:

“I have the utmost respect for all of the GMs in our division. It’s an extremely competitive division and teams are going to do what they need to do to help improve their roster. We’re going to do the same thing. It’ll be very exciting in the NFC North next year.”