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Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 4:12 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie ominously tweeted, "Its been fun." The logical speculation was that he'd been cut (or informed he'd be cut anyway) by Minnesota.

That's exactly what's happened, as the team announced Tuesday that they'd cut McKinnie.

"This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "We appreciate Bryant’s contributions to the Vikings, and we wish him the best in the future."

McKinnie was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list earlier in the week and was, as Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune points out, due to receive $4.9 million base salary this season, along with a $500,000 and $250,000 workout bonus.

The tackle was also apparently in pretty bad physical condition when he arrived at camp, though the team wouldn't confirm that's why he was on the NFI list. They did confirm they'd speak with McKinnie on Tuesday about the shape he was in, along with, per Zulgad, "a number of things."

"There are a number of things that we want to work on with Bryant and some other guys as well," Frazier said. "Conditioning is part of it. We just want to try to make sure that we're doing the right thing by every guy that's wearing the purple."

Conditioning will be the likely suspect for the final reason McKinnie was cut and you can expect plenty of speculation as to where the 2009 Pro Bowler will end up next, beginning with the division rival Chicago Bears who are always in need of offensive linemen, though it's hard to imagine he fits the bill (or, doesn't fit, I suppose) if he's a) not in shape and b) unwilling to take less money.

Speaking of Chicago, Sun-Times writer Sean Jensen reports that McKinnie wouldn't take a pay cut from the aforementioned base salary and that also led to the Vikings decision to cut him.

The lesson to be learned here? Showing up to work out of shape and refusing to take a pay cut is no way to go through life, son.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:54 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:57 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:55 pm
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:00 pm
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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:09 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

What a tub of Lard.  Long overdue.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:46 am

Hated Vikings with Drama Queen

Frazier is a breath of fresh air with the Vikings. Drama Queen gone and NOW football's Fat Albert on Offense. Vikings mgmt finally got it right on head coach. Vikings will be NO nonsense and all business or you will be gone.

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:22 am

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

One man is surely sad today. That man would be Julius Peppers. He made a career of beating that lard Ass. To bad his talent didn't match his appitite? He would have been a 1st ballot HOFer...He was the main reason Favre got hurt last year. Even at his decrepit age he begged to roll out because he didn't trust the O-line. I know a team needs a SOLID left tackle. We had a Jabba the Hutt on the left side. Maybe we can get solid play from the scrap heap? That seems unlikely though?

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:55 am

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Will he go to the patriots?  they need oline help.  He may have to lose about 50 lbs first.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:50 am

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Im stunned. 

I know my pops is happy as he has called him "the other korey stringer" or the  "korey stringer that should have died" for years

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:51 am

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

this could make the vikes contenders more than randy moss. 3 yeras ago i said he  was a lazy bum who couldnt protect a quarterback . just look at all the qbs that hurt when he was playing LT, o yea all of them. unbeleivable now everyone is saying it and 3 years ago i was told by everyone in mpls that he was an elite  LT, never was maybe lose 125 lbs of fat and double your speed and maybe he would make a difference unfortunately he was content on being mediocore at best. good luck too him 

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