NFL Notes: Vikes' Harvin unhappy, Peterson update
Vikes won't trade Harvin
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says they have no interest in trading star receiver Percy Harvin.
Spielman spoke Wednesday afternoon a few hours after word spread that Harvin had requested a trade. Harvin lashed out Tuesday, saying he was unhappy with several issues on the team, but did not specify what was bothering him.
Harvin has two years left on his rookie contract. He was at the Vikings' mandatory minicamp practice Wednesday morning but did not speak to reporters.
Spielman says he has spoken with Harvin's agent and considers the receiver a cornerstone of the rebuilding Vikings. Spielman also declined to cite the specific issues bothering Harvin, saying the team will keep those conversations "in house." (Associated Press)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson says he is still working his way back toward feeling normal after left knee surgery.
The Vikings star running back spoke to reporters Wednesday about his progress during minicamp, providing his familiar optimism on an afternoon otherwise dominated by wide receiver Percy Harvin's request for a trade.
Peterson says Harvin told him recently that he's cutting so well on his surgically repaired left knee it's hard to tell he was injured. But Peterson adds he knows his body is "just not there yet" at full recovery.
He's on track for training camp, but how much he can do and whether the team will let him play at the start of the regular season has yet to be determined. (Associated Press)Goodell's power in the bounty caseProFootballTalk'
s Mike Florio took an in-depth look at Roger Goodell's disciplinary power with the new CBA.
One of his major points was that Goodell always had the power to be judge, jury, and executioner -- that was not something given to him in the new negotiations.
Florio was critical of Goodell's usage of that power, however.
"That example [the NFL's judgement in the bounty case] describes a classic kangaroo court, a term that arose from the perception that justice occurs by a series of leaps, not via a deliberate and even-handed process," Florio wrote.
He later added, "Though the CBA gives the NFL the power to craft that informal court of law, it doesn't give the NFL the right to create a process that lacks fairness and impartiality for the people whose interests are at stake."
Stroud to retire as a Jaguar
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcus Stroud is retiring after a decade in the NFL.
Stroud is planning to sign a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday before calling it quits.
A first-round draft pick from Georgia in 2001, Stroud spent seven years in Jacksonville. Teamed with John Henderson, Stroud gave the Jaguars one of the most formidable defensive fronts in football between 2002 and 2006. Stroud had 274 tackles and 22 sacks with the Jaguars and was voted a Pro Bowl starter in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Traded to Buffalo in 2008, Stroud had 150 tackles and 7 sacks in three seasons with the Bills.
He is the fifth player to re-sign with Jacksonville before retiring, joining Tony Boselli, Fred Taylor, Paul Spicer and Donovin Darius. (Associated Press)