Where Exactly Did It Go Wrong for the Minnesota Vikings?

January 1, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The date was March 12, 2013 and the Minnesota Vikings had recently agreed to complete a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Seahawks one day prior.
Percy Harvin would be shipped to the West Coast for Seattle's first- and seventh-round draft picks in 2013 and a third-round pick in 2014.
In a move that removed the mercurial receiver from the Vikings club, general manager Rick Spielman was stocking up draft picks to prepare for the future.
However, in one short hour after free agency officially began, he announced a move that also crippled Minnesota for the 2013 season.
Tom Pelissero was the first to break the crushing news.
It was at this exact point where it went so terribly wrong for the Vikings.
The fact that Antoine Winfield was 36 and scheduled to make $7.25 million this past season was clearly the impetus for such a decision.
But the way the move was handled closed the door for any potential negotiation or return to the team.
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