Harvin hoping to join Ponder ‘in near future'

Percy Harvin (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin didn't attend Christian Ponder's workouts in Florida, but Harvin says he hopes to get together with Ponder soon if the lockout continues.

Percy Harvin hasn't been heard from much since the end of the 2010 season, but, at a charity event in Sioux Falls, S.D., Harvin was asked by KELO-TV about the status of the Vikings as he sees it.

Harvin said that, while the team has been in a lockout, he spoke with head coach Leslie Frazier during the brief window of opportunity on draft weekend and gave his endorsement to rookie QB Christian Ponder.

"I'm confident in our staff," Harvin said. "I'm always a believer in our front office. They called me and said they had seen something in Ponder for what they're trying to establish is our system. They went with him, so we'll see what happens."

Harvin said he and Ponder have been in contact since the draft and, despite a lost cell phone that apparently prevented Harvin from working out with his new QB last month in Florida, he intends to work out with him in preparation of the lockout ending sometime soon.

"We texted each other a few times," Harvin said. "We hope to get together in the near future. We'll see what happens with this lockout, but I think if (a deal) doesn't happen pretty soon, I think we'll get together."

Harvin remains optimistic that the lockout will end soon, but said the situation is out of his control and hopes that cooler heads will prevail to salvage a full 2011 season. In the meantime, he said he will continue to work out to stay in shape for when the season does begin – sooner or later.

FRIDAY NOTES

  • Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of stadium development, met with legislative sponsors of the Arden Hills stadium bill Thursday to discuss a plan to fund the road improvements that will be needed for the site. Bagley said the road funding will depend in part on the availability of grant funds from the Met Council Transportation Advisory Board with Ramsey County picking up a portion of the cost, with the plan being that the bonds would be paid off by user fees.

  • Paul Dickson, one of the original Vikings, died this week at the age of 74. Dickson, who was a starting defensive lineman for the Vikings, died of a blood infection in a Minneapolis hospital.


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