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Harvin negotations continue

‘Just a matter of time,’ says Childress

McClatchy News Services

MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings coach Brad Childress described himself as a "worry wart" this time of the year, so naturally he expressed concern that first-round draft pick Percy Harvin remained unsigned on the eve of Friday’s first practice of training camp.

Speaking Thursday at his pre-camp news conference, Childress said he didn’t expect the rookie wide receiver from Florida to arrive "at least right this second." Childress said negotiations between vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski and Harvin’s agent, Joel Segal, were ongoing.

Harvin missed a day of team meetings, and Childress reiterated the importance of rookies getting to camp on time.

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"You hate to see players miss, because those reps are vital, those meetings are vital," he said. "We go at a very rapid pace here, and we usually don’t go back and start to re-do those things.… I just think it’s vital that draft picks get in and practice so they can progress."

Negotiations between the Vikings and Harvin figured to be helped by the signings of rookies who were drafted around Harvin, who was selected at No. 22 overall. Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack (No. 21) and Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher (No. 23) have signed, which should present some parameters for Harvin’s deal.

According to Profootballtalk.com, Mack received a five-year contract that calls for a 12.2 percent increase in guaranteed money over last year’s No. 21 pick, Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Sam Baker, who reportedly received a five-year deal worth $13.5 million with $7.8 million guaranteed.

Oher reportedly received a five-year deal worth $13.8 million, including $7.8 million in guaranteed money.

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