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Buh-bye, Bobby Wade

John Clayton of ESPN recently offered a noggin-scratching assessment of the top four wideouts on the Vikings’ roster, calling them “phenomenal.”

We wonder what he thinks of the remaining three.

Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings have released veteran wideout Bobby Wade.

Wade, the team’s leading receiver over the last two years, recently disputed the notion that a dramatic pay cut was aimed at securing his spot on the team. 

As it turns out, he was right.

The move isn’t a shock, given that the base salaries of vested veterans become essentially guaranteed if they are on the roster for Week One.

And that reality likely will keep another team from signing Wade until after Week One.

Maybe he’ll land back in Chicago, where he could serve as a mediator between Jay Cutler and Brian Urlacher.

Meanwhile, Jensen reports that the Vikings are expected to sign veteran Greg Lewis to take his place.  Lewis played for Vikings coach Brad Childress when Childress was the Eagles offensive coordinator; Lewis was traded to the Patriots in the offseason, and he recently was cut.

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58 Responses to “Buh-bye, Bobby Wade”
  1. mwiles19 says: Sep 10, 2009 11:16 AM

    Boy the Vikes are a standup group huh? First the Favre fiasco, then, Wade re-does his contract for less money so he can stick around, and they cut him anyway. Why wouldn’t anyone want to play for that organization? Its turning into Oakland North.

  2. NFLJunkie says: Sep 10, 2009 11:18 AM

    He sucks along with all of the other Vikings receivers. Including Reggie Bush-Wannabe Percy Harvin. Why people think he is the second coming of Randy Moss is beyond me.
    He is short and can only do damage in open space. Another Reggie Bush bust.

  3. lateralus82 says: Sep 10, 2009 11:18 AM


  4. hayward giablommi says: Sep 10, 2009 11:21 AM

    Later Bobby.
    Maybe you’ll have to take your cheap shots north of the border and try to deliberately injure guys in the CFL now.

  5. Youth In Asia says: Sep 10, 2009 11:21 AM

    Report also says the Vikings have Greg Lewis at Winter Park and will sign him today.

  6. 21 says: Sep 10, 2009 11:22 AM

    Karma’s a bitch

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 10, 2009 11:28 AM

    Chili brought in one of own guys from his days in Philly. The viking franchise is a joke.

  8. killachap says: Sep 10, 2009 11:29 AM

    Report: Nothing the Vikings do matters. They are going to be irrelevant anyways with Brett at QB.

  9. nosferatu says: Sep 10, 2009 11:30 AM

    Has the crypt keeper lost his mind phenomenal which of those WRs is phenomenal and that Oakland North bit is pretty close to on the money but at least they had the sense to draft AP

  10. lebowski says: Sep 10, 2009 11:34 AM

    The Vike’s wideouts are phenomenal??! The CryptKeeper is high.

  11. Tjackfan says: Sep 10, 2009 11:35 AM

    Bobby Wade catches everything. He’ll catch on with another team by the weekend. Stop being such haters 🙂

  12. Bill In DC says: Sep 10, 2009 11:36 AM

    Odd I thought that if a player was on the roster as of noon Tuesday of a game week he gets his salary for that week, so cutting him now doesn’t save the team any money.

  13. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 10, 2009 11:38 AM

    Florio- given your ability to analyze players and games, I don’t think I would be critizing Clayton much.
    While Viks recievers are not “phenomenal”, there is some hope they can be good. Berrian had 7 TDs last year and a 20.1 yard per catch average- not bad. People here hammer Harvin, but he was rated highly by most NFL teams and was considered a difference maker. I’ll leave the judgement to the guys who actually watched game film of him rather that the posters here. Wade was a solid, reliable possession reciever. Sidney Rice has yet to live up to his potential, but many recievers turn a corner in their third year.
    And given these guys had Gus Frerotte and Tarvarius Jackson throwing to them, what could be expected?

  14. NYBearsFan says: Sep 10, 2009 11:39 AM


  15. NYBearsFan says: Sep 10, 2009 11:40 AM

    Use a period or comma once in a while.

  16. HarrisonHits says: Sep 10, 2009 11:42 AM

    There are still people who listen to Clayton ?

  17. jz0717 says: Sep 10, 2009 11:44 AM

    and STILL better than the Bears at the WR position!

  18. RagnartheViking says: Sep 10, 2009 11:45 AM

    My god you guys. Players get cut every freaking day. This team is making moves to better themselves.
    When he popped his mouth off, all you jagoffs were calling him a piece of crap, now when he gets cut, they are stupid and disloyal? That is laughable.
    NFL: Nice of you to let him play a down in a regular season game before you declared him a bust.
    Nosferatu: Yeah , on the money alright, improvement 2 years running by the Vikes, years of crap in Oakland, I’d say pretty comparable. But hey, it’s nothing like going 13-3, then going 6-10, so I can see where you are confused. In GB I’m sure that’s progress right?
    Carlgerbilinyourass: The joke is that you continue to post on this site. You’ve rapidly risen into the top 5 of the most idiotic posters. Congrats!
    Killa: Report: Wishful thinking by a sorry ass fan that can’t let it go and move on.

  19. NFLJunkie says: Sep 10, 2009 11:53 AM

    ZombieRevolution, now they have Brett Favre throwing to them. Evidenced from last year on the Jets and the preseason action, Brett can no longer throw the ball down the field. Good luck Berrian.

  20. CYGNUS X-1 says: Sep 10, 2009 11:57 AM

    give me a break florio the bears don’t need him back not catching passess again.but maybe they do need to him to mediate because as we have seen they have been at each others throats all thru training camp and the wait that’s right we haven’t seen that but because you reported it that means it’s true.sorry but untill urlacher punches him out I am not buying it,I am sick of of all the anti-cutler talk.where was all the negativity when he was with the broncos?never heard anything bad untill he got to the his coached lied to him and wanted out,this makes him a immature whiney loser?that’s ok bears fans will take it after what we have had to put up with at the position.

  21. Buttered Izel Jenkins says: Sep 10, 2009 11:59 AM

    That’s what you get for listening to Clayton, AKA the 40 Year-Old Virgin.

  22. sand0 says: Sep 10, 2009 12:00 PM

    Any article about the Vikings is further proof that their franchise, state, and players are a joke no matter what the article is about. Pointing to this helps me with my own insecurities about my own team.

  23. shulby55 says: Sep 10, 2009 12:02 PM

    Chilli is an idiot plain and simple. How many ex philly guys who couldnt get it done there does he have to bring to the vikings before someone realises that he has no clue. All they need is a new coach(cowher, Billick, etc..) who will find a good QB and the team is a superbowl winner instantly. I hope Farve goes down week 1 and they lose 10 games so he gets fired. Because if not AP is destined to be the next Barry Sanders, greates RB on a shitty team with no Ring.

  24. LBPACKFAN says: Sep 10, 2009 12:04 PM

    Vikes should go get Ruvell Martin…better than Greg Lewis and Brett has played with him before if that means anything.

  25. Lost says: Sep 10, 2009 12:05 PM

    Wonder how Viking veterans feel about this latest move? Getting much to Chilly in that locker room.
    Cutting Wade after redoing his contract an unnecessary cost-saving move. Who’s making such decisions?
    May be an indication Berrian’s hamstring injury could linger…

  26. Revacard says: Sep 10, 2009 12:05 PM

    I think Chilly was nice to Wade to cut him so that he can play on a team and get time.

  27. mnmaverick says: Sep 10, 2009 12:07 PM

    Good riddance. Wade was like Jermaine Wiggins. He can catch, but he can’t MOVE. Lewis has better speed and good hands to boot.

  28. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Sep 10, 2009 12:12 PM

    ZombieRevolution, I did watch all the games and the one thing I noticed is that at least three of those long Berrian TD’s were due to completely blown coverages where he for some unexplainable reason wasn’t even covered by a DB and one where the DB just fell down when Berrian was running the only route he knows- the go-route.

  29. beefcake says: Sep 10, 2009 12:15 PM

    What a bunch of pussy’s….who cares if B. Wade got cut! Wa Wa Wa Wa…
    Cant wait for DA BEARS to beat the Packers!

  30. Abe Froeman says: Sep 10, 2009 12:17 PM

    Can’t believe Greg Lewis can consistently find work in the league.

  31. leatherneck says: Sep 10, 2009 12:20 PM

    Wade is admittedly slower and shorter than many NFL receivers, but he has always produced. As a Vikings fan, I trust Chilly & Co. to make the right moves. They must think highly of Greg Lewis.
    Whatever happens, Chilly, just keep pounding the rock. The heart and soul of the Vikings is the running game, and it should stay that way.

  32. jimicos says: Sep 10, 2009 12:32 PM

    Buttered Izel Jenkins says:
    September 10, 2009 11:59 AM
    That’s what you get for listening to Clayton, AKA the 40 Year-Old Virgin.
    40? You’re clearly never seen John Clayton.

  33. cliffcla says: Sep 10, 2009 12:32 PM

    Those DI#k’s. He has been the only reciever that has been half reliable the last 2 years……….

  34. jimicos says: Sep 10, 2009 12:34 PM

    That is some PHENOMENAL weed John’s smoking.

  35. mnmaverick says: Sep 10, 2009 12:34 PM

    Greg Lewis isn’t Billy McMullen.
    He’s better than Bobby Wade.

  36. CrypticNonSequiturGuy says: Sep 10, 2009 12:37 PM

    jz0717 says:
    September 10, 2009 11:44 AM
    and STILL better than the Bears at the WR position!
    And yet, for some inexplicable reason, the Vikings continue to pick up all their discards, re-treads, and retards…
    regardless of their obvious issues with suckiness:
    fumbilitis, fragility, character issues, and Berrian’s one-route-wonder limitations.
    There’s not a WR on the Vikes that’s even fit to scrub the poop stains from Hester’s jock.
    Besides, you say “the WR position”, but looking at ALL the recievers, it’s not even close:
    Bears have MUCH better TE’s (one of the league’s best tandems), and a MUCH better receiver out of the backfield in Forte.
    There’s just no comparison.
    * * *
    Pigeons: beautiful, or winged rats?

  37. Bob Nelson says: Sep 10, 2009 12:40 PM

    Bobby Wade is looking for his 4th team in 7 years.
    The Vikings leading receiver for 2 years is not good enough to be in the league.
    That tells you about the vikings receivers that Brett Favre has available.
    This is the example of what happens when a team doesn’t draft very well and overpays for crummy free agents.

  38. Big ben Rapistburger says: Sep 10, 2009 12:45 PM

    Jay Cutler said that Brian Urlacher thinks Bobby Wade is a pussy….

  39. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 10, 2009 12:51 PM

    You can’t be comparing the Raiders to the vikings, the raiders have won a SB.

  40. JimmySmith says: Sep 10, 2009 12:54 PM

    The fact that Chilly thinks highly of Greg Lewis is the kiss of death, hell, that bozo traded up in the draft to secure T Jack Off so talent evaluation is not exactly his strong suit.
    Cutting Bobby Wade after taking a lesser salary is just a different way of throwing a player under the bus. Remember at the start of training camp, Childress was ready to move on at QB but little did the current QB’s know that Chilly has already stocking up on KY Jelly for Favre’s arrival.
    This is a train wreck of a season led into battle by the dimmest of dimwits. Its just sad that Favre will get his second consecutive coach fired when the rest of the NFL is perfectly happy to see Chilly stay as long as possible. Can you imagine what a real coach would do with all that talent?

  41. Buttered Izel Jenkins says: Sep 10, 2009 12:56 PM

    jimicos says:
    September 10, 2009 12:32 PM
    40? You’re clearly never seen John Clayton.
    Don’t get caught up in the numbers. The point of that nickname is that he’s spent too much time getting stuffed into lockers to ever have sex.
    Also, Greg Lewis is worthless and the Eagles robbed the Patriots by getting anything more than a packet of mustard for him.

  42. mnmaverick says: Sep 10, 2009 1:02 PM

    With Berrian, Harvin, and Rice ahead of him, Lewis is a quality 4th stringer.

  43. purpleguy says: Sep 10, 2009 1:05 PM

    Why all the uproar over the frigging 4th or 5th receiver on the depth chart? The guy is: (1) slow; (2) only plays the slot; (3) is paid too much for a 4th receiver; (4) flaps his gums too much; and (5) is generating much of the locker room hoopla. So Chilly’s a dope for signing Lewis as a free agent after the Pats and their genius head coach traded for the guy in the first place?
    Just another article to give the cheesers something to post about. Heaven forbid we should have to read and post about the suckiness of high draft picks like Harrell and Brohm, Barnett having a hard time cracking the starting line-up, or Raji “suprisingly” being hurt after showing up late for camp.

  44. mallet21 says: Sep 10, 2009 1:16 PM

    Holy Crap !!! 40 freaking posts within an hour about ‘The’ Bobby Wade ????
    “Get a life people” – Bill Shatner

  45. bears4ever says: Sep 10, 2009 1:25 PM

    RagnartheViking says:
    My god you guys. Players get cut every freaking day. This team is making moves to better themselves.
    How does cutting the guy that lead your team in receptions the last two years benefit the vikes? It doesn’t they r being stupid!!!!!
    The first sign of their stupidity is having their noses so far up favras ass they suffocated away all thoughts of keeping respect around that club house…… I am so gald the bears made the move that Minnesota should have and picked up Cutler!!!!
    Mark my words they will regret ever getting in bed with fag favra.

  46. notoriousbri says: Sep 10, 2009 1:36 PM

    NOOOO ANYONE but Greg Lewis.. He is Horrible!!!!!
    Watched him drop pass after pass for the Eagles and and drop punts, he contributes nothing to special teams and he looks like one of the guys grom the Fat Albert show.
    Always has the dumb look on his face..
    Chilly WTF?

  47. Tjackfan says: Sep 10, 2009 1:37 PM

    Holy sh*t Greg Lewis is skinny! They should put a wig on him and throw him in the shower with the offensive line.

  48. Route36West says: Sep 10, 2009 1:50 PM

    He didnt just say they were phenomenal (w/e) he said he thought they had the Best top 4 recievers of any team in the league.
    He is nuts if he think they are better then Fitzgerald,Boldin,Breaston, and who ever there 4th is
    or Ochocinco,Coles, Henry, and who ever there 4th is
    or in my opinion Jackson,Curtis,Maclin, and Avant/Reggie Brown
    Fitz, Boldin, Ocho, Coles, Jackson, Curtis are all better then there number 1 Berrian

  49. CD says: Sep 10, 2009 2:33 PM

    carl gerbeschmidt,
    You are the guy that acutally believed it when(sa local radio phoned you disguising themselves as Mike Sherman and was calling you to get your advice about the packers play calling – wtf?
    You also during that radio prank admitted that Randy Moss was a great football playwer during the time he was a viking!!
    You are a no-brain bozo.

  50. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 10, 2009 2:38 PM

    Greg Lewis first made the Eagles as a free agent WR. As a 4th or 5th, he was servicable and made a few plays – and in that role, he can help a team even now. His problem came when the birds hit the eject button on T.O. and expected G-Lew to step up.
    BTW, Clayton always reminded me of Orville Redenbacker more than the Cryptkeeper. But that’s just my opinion.

  51. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 10, 2009 2:52 PM

    Why thank you CD for knowing I am a radio personality. I also have season tickets in the best stadium in the NFL were I get to watch a storied NFL franchise play on without the worries of my team leaving.

  52. Anarcho Purplism says: Sep 10, 2009 2:59 PM

    I thought Wade was a decent slot-receiver good for picking up some yards & getting 1st downs, especially sitting holes in zone D.
    I’m a little perplexed by this move because:
    #1- Berrian has a hammy problem. Those can linger.
    #2- Percy Harvin is a rookie. Rookies rarely make a huge impact year 1 & the Vikes are in ‘win-now’ mode.
    #3- Sidney Rice has looked better, but he has been inconsistent & not lived up to his potential.
    I know Chester is good for catching a few balls, they’ll find a way to get Harvin the rock in open-space & V Shincoe will probably end up being #4’s nookie-blankee to make plays keeping drives alive.
    However, a WR with good hands is an asset when you need to pickup some yards. Plus, he was a vet & aside from his Urlacher-Cutler remarks, he has been a fairly decent veteran.
    Hopefully Chilly knows something we don’t. I don’t know much about Lewis or if this was about money or not.
    Lewis never struck me as remarkable. Of course, neither did Bobby Wade.

  53. RagnartheViking says: Sep 10, 2009 3:12 PM

    Gerbilinyourass, Radio personality? Really?
    Who’d you have to blow to get that job?
    Must not be much of one, never heard of you.
    Reading your posts is like listening to the meanderings of a 4 year old.
    You must be where these packer fans get there stupid ideas from. Shit really does roll downhill.
    Nice that you are so unbiased, and you feel the need to let eveeryone in Packer fandom that you are on this site. Typical radio personality, think they are rockstar, when anyone with a brain could do your job.

  54. steeler-hater says: Sep 10, 2009 3:25 PM

    Don’t be shocked if Tennessee signs Wade just as soon as the final gun sounds after tonight’s game…

  55. sim448 says: Sep 10, 2009 4:16 PM

    john clayton is absolutely clueless. he predicted the pats would go 10-6, with Brady playing the entire season. They went 11-5 w/out him. Umm, John, I think you might be off by about 3 games.

  56. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 10, 2009 4:36 PM

    Actually the moves kind of make sense, unless Berrian will play sunday. And to everyone hating on our recieving core. Its not that bad.. We had Gus Frerotte throwing 3 pick 6’s to every TD. Besides Visanthe Shiancoe is a pretty good TE. He blocks, he catches alot better and gets open. Too bad we didn’t pick him up when he was alot younger..

  57. jimicos says: Sep 10, 2009 4:57 PM

    CD says:
    September 10, 2009 2:33 PM
    carl gerbeschmidt,
    You are the guy that acutally believed it when(sa local radio phoned you disguising themselves as Mike Sherman and was calling you to get your advice about the packers play calling – wtf?
    You also during that radio prank admitted that Randy Moss was a great football playwer during the time he was a viking!!
    You are a no-brain bozo.
    This is ridiculously funny. I don’t live in range of KFAN and even I know that rube’s a fictional character. So some guy signs up on PFT with the name and you not only believe the fictional character is real, but is the same guy here?
    Yeah.. And FagRagtheViking is the same d-bag who paints his face and puts on his purple panties for the Vikings at home games. Right.

  58. RagnartheViking says: Sep 11, 2009 11:07 AM

    No, I’m not him. For one, I’m not a face painter. Two, I go commando.

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