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Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 4:28 pm
Berrian is looking for work after catching just nine passes this season. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a tough month for Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian. He got into a Twitter spat with Minnesota state legislator and wounded war vet John Kreisel (and that led to this), he was inactive for two of the team's next three games, and Tuesday, he was released.

Berrian met with head coach Leslie Frazier Monday to discuss his future, and said that he wanted to remain with the organization, pointing to the pay cut he took this offseason as proof. That said, he admitted to having "no idea" about the team's plans for him.  Also on Monday, Frazier was noncommittal when asked about Berrian's role in Minnesota going forward.

“We’ll make a decision about how we want to handle things going forward,” Frazier said, according to the Associated Press, while declining to specify the reasons Berrian was benched against Green Bay Sunday. He added: “We’re going to have a little meeting of the minds, and see where we are.”

Where we are, it turns out, is without Berrian on the roster.

The Star-Tribune's Dan Wiederer writes that "The move brings to a close Berrian’s wildly inconsistent tenure with the Vikings and allows Frazier to move forward without a player that had caused him too many headaches this season."

Berrian should've known his days were numbered when on Monday backup quarterback Donovan McNabb called Frazier's decision to bench the wideout "kind of a shock," before calling him a "great" player and adding, “[Berrian's] been through it. He’ll bounce back for this week and be ready to go.”

We guess McNabb meant "ready to go pack up his locker and get on with the rest of his life."

For the season, Berrian has seven catches for 91 yards and no touchdowns.  The AP reports that, as a vested veteran, the Vikings must pay him all of his $1.9 million salary unless another team claims him.

Rookie wide receiver Stephen Burton was elevated from the practice squad to take Berrian's place on the active roster. Also, defensive end Cedric McKinley was released from the practice squad, leaving two open spots there.

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Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:21 am

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

Probly a good move overall for the Vikes...but with how much money thy still need to potentially pay and the not-so-stelllar receiving core they already have, I'm not sure it wouldn't be worth just letting him play the season unless they really think they have a guy that can take his place...Thinking about it now though, I'm not sure how hard it is to take the place of a guy that hasn't done anything....

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:08 am

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian


Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:49 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

If you were to pick up T.O you have McNabb there, DRAMA heaven in the twin cities...
Im good 

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:38 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

What are you talking about that he had no chance?  He had way more chances than most players are given in this league.  Even in 2009 when the Vikings offense was firing on all cylinders with Favre he still couldn't get open.  Favre didn't trust him and didn't throw the ball in his direction.  He had one decent season with the Bears in a contract year (go figure) and he got paid by the Vikings.  He should be in jail with Cook right now for grand theft from the Vikings organization for all the money he got paid.  Good riddance 'B-Twice.' 

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:36 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

Great move...Berrian was awful for his entire tenure.  Poor hands and inability to catch in a crowd.  Wasted $$$$.

I am concerned with percy out right now that they are short.  Hopefully more passes for Aromoshadu, Camarillo, Jenkins and while you are at it, get Joe Webb in the flanker position.  more TE sets as well.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:21 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

WOW what a mess in Minnesota. Stick to the running game and win with AP!

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:40 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

What took ya so long? take Mcnabb and Cook with him!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:36 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

>>>He had his chance to show he wasn't a bust, and now he's packing his bags.

He had no chance. Most of McNabb's passes ended in the dirt. He should have been given a chance with Ponder. At least that guy puts the ball up where they can catch it.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:30 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

About time. THis guy is a waste of space. He cant go back to Chicago though.. the waste of space spot is already filled their by Roy Williams and others.

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:42 pm

Vikings release WR Bernard Berrian

I agree. Berrian left his hands in Chicago. Great decision to cut him. Was a wasted spot on the roster. The Vikes overpaid to get him in the first place.

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