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Childress, Wade's agent comment on abrupt release

Vikings coach Brad Childress addressed the difficulties in releasing Bobby Wade Thursday, just a week after the team reduced his salary. 

“Things
change, and I’m sure you’d have people say, ‘Well, that’s a [expletive]
deal.’ But it’s going to happen all the time,” Childress said.

There is a perception that the Vikings may have done Wade “dirty.”

“As you
know, if a guy is on your Opening Day roster as of Sunday, you pay him
his whole salary. I would think you’d see a wave of people, maybe Greg
Lewis being one of those guys, where they’re going to pay them week by
week if they sign them on Monday. It happens every year. It’s the
business portion,” Childress said.

Lewis was signed Thursday to replace Wade, so his salary should be guaranteed once he’s on the Week One roster.  While Childress wasn’t very sympathetic, Wade’s agent, Jerome Stanley was steamed.

“You’re defined by your behavior and what you do and not what you say,” Stanley told Sean Jensen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I’ll let you connect the dots.”

Stanley was asked if he was referring to Childress.  “Wherever the decision came from. And we already know where it came from, so there it is.”

Wade was unlikely to get on the field much with youngsters Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin in front of him, and Lewis will help more on special teams.

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27 Responses to “Childress, Wade's agent comment on abrupt release”
  1. StartTarvaris says: Sep 10, 2009 6:34 PM

    I liked having Wade around..he’ll never be a pro-bowler but was reliable and a solid receiver.

  2. strOterp says: Sep 10, 2009 6:34 PM

    Ravens, please sign this man.

  3. DocBG says: Sep 10, 2009 6:37 PM

    In complete honesty, it is a shi++y deal for bobby wade. All he’s done is lead the team in f-ing receptions for the last couple years and take a pay cut to stay with the team.
    There have been actions taken by chilly in the past that have been a little questionable and all you can do as a fan is to assume that if you where in his position you would make the same decision.
    Who knows if this was chilly, hell it could easily have been rick speilman or some other jackass. Maybe it was a conduct or discipline issue, but that seems unlikely. hell, maybe wilf didn’t balance the checkbook right at the start of the month and realized that he needed to bounce someone.
    with the limited information on this post, this decision is completely backwards of what should happen. generally you would think that someone who LEADS YOUR TEAM IN RECEPTIONS is going to be back the next year. Bears and packer fans, commence on basically repeating exactly what I’ve said, and perhaps you can throw a few referances to favre in as well. I don’t know what sort of an impact it will have the season, but its just plain wrong. Have to see if more comes out as for the reason and to see if he would have really had a big impact on the offense this year anyway, but it just seems wrong.

  4. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Sep 10, 2009 6:39 PM

    Is anyone surprised??? When it comes to class or anything else related to managing the Vikings roster, Childo and has infamous “Triangle of Authority” have been a joke. Zygi had to make a cash call to his investors to pay Allen’s signing bonus and can’t even afford to pay Favre’s full salary this year. Of course they’re going to cut costs wherever they can. It’s been happening for years….

  5. PkrNboro says: Sep 10, 2009 6:47 PM

    when talking to Wade, Brett said he preferred “syrup” and Bobby went running…

  6. mzezulak says: Sep 10, 2009 6:50 PM

    Why would anyone want to play for the Yikes after this? Come back to chicago and remember your playbook

  7. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 10, 2009 6:51 PM

    Is this truly any more dirty than the Pats sending RS to Oakland at a moments notice? It is a business first, when players and coaches no longer do their job or can be replaced cheaply, they are cut free. There is little honor in the league when it comes to $.

  8. oldschool says: Sep 10, 2009 6:54 PM

    He’s a bad man ……….that “baldie”, he’s mean… me no like him.

  9. Fidelito says: Sep 10, 2009 7:02 PM

    As much as I love ripping on Childress, I don’t really have a problem with this. Wade was solid, but had no upside. Him on the roster keeps their younger receivers off the field. Greg Lewis provides much better veteran depth. I believe Wade had been trying to learn the outside WR positions but pretty clearly was a slot guy only. That should be Percy Harvin’s position from now on. (Until he gets hurt of course. So it’ll be his until week 3 or so.)

  10. lateralus82 says: Sep 10, 2009 7:14 PM

    If he wasn’t a shitty receiver, he wouldn’t have been cut

  11. Lurtsema says: Sep 10, 2009 7:26 PM

    Wade’s just finding out
    That sports with salary caps
    Watch their bottom line
    All the old slow guys
    Really hate it when their team
    Upgrades receivers
    Think you’re pissed, Bobby?
    The guy who deserves to be
    Is Richard Seymour

  12. Redhawk says: Sep 10, 2009 7:38 PM

    It was an “[Expletive] deal”… ??
    I’m all for classing up this site a little (and I did like the removal of the mouth-breather term “turd watch”), but whatever happened to the old standards like:
    s**t deal or
    m****r f****g deal or
    whatever the heck he said?
    We are adults… right NBC??

  13. Worst Poster Ever says: Sep 10, 2009 7:40 PM

    All the Florio haters on this site are ridiculous.
    If you don’t like Florio’s writing or hilarious hyperbole reporting style…
    Why the fek do you read his site and post comments on it?
    Don’t you know that he makes money when you come here and post a douchebag comment about how much he (or lawyers in general) suck?
    Hilarious.

  14. DaVikes says: Sep 10, 2009 7:49 PM

    I don’t have any sympathy for any guy making a couple mil a year. Somebody better/ more useful to the Vikes than Wade got cut, so the Vikes cut Wade. If they cut him a week and half ago at his old salary, anybody who picked him up was going to rework his deal anyway.

  15. jimmySee says: Sep 10, 2009 7:52 PM

    Well, he is never going to win Miss Congeniality — they call him Chilly for a reason.

  16. Kirschty says: Sep 10, 2009 8:18 PM

    I don’t understand why people aren’t talking more about the likely connection between Ross Tucker’s SI story (http://bit.ly/3b4oEa) and Bobby Wade getting cut. The “active player” he describes in the opening paragraph lines up almost perfectly with Wade’s situation. It’s it possible that Childress, et al., cut him because he was clearly airing dirty laundry with reporters? Combine this with his errant Urlacher/Cutler comment and you have a terminable offense, I think.

  17. NFC North Resident says: Sep 10, 2009 8:20 PM

    DaVikes says:
    September 10, 2009 7:49 PM
    I don’t have any sympathy for any guy making a couple mil a year. Somebody better/ more useful to the Vikes than Wade got cut, so the Vikes cut Wade. If they cut him a week and half ago at his old salary, anybody who picked him up was going to rework his deal anyway.
    ———————————————————————————
    Yes, rich people are definitely evil in every way possible. Anyone who ever makes good money doing anything should be treated with complete contempt and antipathy at every opportunity.
    Am I in America, or some other country where making money is discouraged? Besides that, how does a guy who had 19 catches last year qualify as “more useful” than your leading WR the last two seasons?
    Showing your true “Minnesota Nice” colors. Just like everyone else in this Godforsaken state – envious of just about everybody.
    By the way, I’m not a Packers fan, which I’m sure you’ve automatically assumed.

  18. Bob Nelson says: Sep 10, 2009 8:27 PM

    Why cut his salary and then cut him? Why not just cut him at the 53 player deadline.
    This guy was the team’s leading receiver for years since he signed with them.
    Of course his agent would be upset with this kind of treatment.
    This kind of low class move upsets veterans and unions too.
    It only points out the continued mismanagement of one the NFL’s worst run franchises.
    Why do you think Fran Tarkenton never goes back to Minnesota?

  19. spanky2525 says: Sep 10, 2009 8:31 PM

    Childress signed Lewis because he knows him from back when he was the Eagles O-Coordinator…..the dude just isn’t that good though.

  20. mnmaverick says: Sep 10, 2009 9:17 PM

    Neither was Bobby Wade. Ask the Bears and Titans.

  21. JimmySmith says: Sep 10, 2009 9:19 PM

    The agent is right about Childress, he will be defined by his behavior. Including;
    lying to his two QB’s at the start of training camp, low rent move.
    picking up Favre at the airport, had to wonder what the rest of the team was thinking, another questionable move.
    refusing to shake the hand of a winning oppossing coach last year, another low rent move.
    Childress has lost the respect of his locker room and that will show in the win loss column, again, he will be defined by his actions (mostly consisting of low rent moves)

  22. DelawareVike says: Sep 10, 2009 9:27 PM

    Wade ran his mouth all summer about Cutler and Girlacher. That crap doesn’t fly when you are essentially the #5 receiver on a team.
    Good Bye Wade!!!!!!!!

  23. mnmaverick says: Sep 11, 2009 2:16 AM

    Now Bobby can ‘tweet” all his girlfriends like T.O. , OchoEmbarassmentoToSociety, etc.

  24. DCViking says: Sep 11, 2009 11:12 AM

    NFC North Resident says:
    Just like everyone else in this Godforsaken state – envious of just about everybody.
    ————————————–
    You’re right — this is America. If you don’t like Minnesota, why don’t you leave…
    Get your passport stamped and go live with Bob Nelson in his parent’s basement.
    You do have options!

  25. marcduke says: Sep 11, 2009 12:36 PM

    NFC North Resident says:
    Just like everyone else in this Godforsaken state – envious of just about everybody.
    ————————————–
    You’re right — this is America. If you don’t like Minnesota, why don’t you leave…
    Get your passport stamped and go live with Bob Nelson in his parent’s basement.
    You do have options!
    ——————————————-
    Naw, I’m sure he’d rather stick around like me and watch everyone have an inferiority complex about everything this state stands for.
    It’s f’ing laughable.

  26. DCViking says: Sep 11, 2009 1:05 PM

    What’s laughable are people who cry like little school girls about where they live because they don’t like the people, rules, whatever — but yet they choose to say there…

  27. Bigskyvikes says: Sep 11, 2009 5:17 PM

    NFC North Resident says:
    September 10, 2009 8:20 PM
    Yes, rich people are definitely evil in every way possible. Anyone who ever makes good money doing anything should be treated with complete contempt and antipathy at every opportunity.
    Am I in America, or some other country where making money is discouraged? Besides that, how does a guy who had 19 catches last year qualify as “more useful” than your leading WR the last two seasons?
    Showing your true “Minnesota Nice” colors. Just like everyone else in this Godforsaken state – envious of just about everybody.
    By the way, I’m not a Packers fan, which I’m sure you’ve automatically assumed
    Do you have a brain? Not in anyway did Davikes say what you are implying! Guys making millions and some other guy better than him is available who also makes millions, you cut less effective for more effective. If you anti VIKING people had a clue and just didnt try to find anything you could bitch about and rag on the VIKES, this would be a better blog.
    Also
    DCViking says:
    September 11, 2009 1:05 PM
    What’s laughable are people who cry like little school girls about where they live because they don’t like the people, rules, whatever — but yet they choose to say there…
    THIS IS PERFECT, Nice reply to the moron.

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