My story: How GM Rick Spielman handled his first controversy running the Vikings

Vikings GM Rick Spielman has great hair (Associated Press)

A seemingly sleepy Vikings minicamp was turned on its head this week by comments made by WR Percy Harvin. He said he was unhappy, then demanded a trade, then bolted for the second day of practice. Sure he’s back today, but nothing has been resolved.

It was a mess that was not rare for the Vikings. This is the same organization that allowed its coach Brad Childress to waive Randy Moss without telling management. What stood out to me after two days at Winter Park is how things have changed.

This time, for the first time in a long time, there is one man running the franchise. GM Rick Spielman emerged as the face of the team, and that became even clearer when coach Leslie Frazier deferred to him in later comments. There was a clear division of power, and it’ll only help.

My story on NFL.com about Spielman’s first controversy and what it means for the Vikings franchise.

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