Tag:Bryant McKinnie Cut
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Bryant McKinnie got $75K weight bonus from Ravens

Posted by Will Brinson

Bryant McKinnie was cut by the Vikings for a number of reasons. And perhaps even about 400 of them -- McKinnie's weight was absolutely out of control and the Vikings were reportedly concerned about his conditioning.

And according to CBS Sports' Charley Casserly, the Ravens -- who signed McKinnie as a free agent -- were wise enough to build a "weight-loss clause" into McKinnie's contract and the tackle earned $75,000 for getting his weight down to the "prescribed weight of 372" pounds.

Is it kind of nuts that McKinnie's getting paid more for getting just under 400 pounds than most Americans make in a year? Yeah, it's pretty bananas.

But the Ravens were clearly worried too his weight too -- their desperation for offensive line help outweighed the concern. They did the smart thing, though, by giving McKinnie some motivation to get in decent shape.

Even if it costs them a wad of cash, it was immediately worth it on Sunday, as on the Ravens first play from scrimmage, McKinnie made a crucial block at the next level to spring Ray Rice for a big 36-yard gain.

He's got the talent to be a difference maker in Baltimore and now it looks like he might have the motivation too.

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

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

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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