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Bernard Berrian's butt will be meeting the bench

As we continue to think through and break down all the angles of the trade that sent receiver Randy Moss back to Minnesota, the biggest loser in the transaction will be receiver Bernard Berrian.

Berrian, signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Bears in 2008, started strong that year, notching nearly 1,000 receiving yards as the field-stretcher in the Vikings’ West Coast offense.  But he hasn’t clicked with Brett Favre, due to injuries in 2009 and ineffectiveness in 2010.

Berrian slid into the Favre doghouse in Week Two, when Berrian failed to catch (or prevent the interception of) a back-shoulder throw at the goal line from Favre.  Said Favre after the game, “I put it where I wanted it, let’s put it that way.”

Moss’ return puts Berrian on the bench, let’s put it that way.  Though he still has some value as a substitute, he’ll only be seeing the ball if Moss is doubled and Percy Harvin is doubled and Visanthe Shiancoe is doubled and Berrian is wide open and waving his arms like Jimmy Orr in Super Bowl III.

Even then, we’re not sure Favre will throw it to him.

That said, it would be a surprise if Berrian is cut.  As a vested veteran, he’d be entitled to the balance of his $3.7 million base salary — and he’d also be able to get paid by another team, like the Bears.

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37 Responses to “Bernard Berrian's butt will be meeting the bench”
  1. pacstud says: Oct 6, 2010 9:54 AM

    So we’ve officially changed this site from reporting gossip second or third hand to…
    a Vikings Message Board (with all the glorious conjecture that comes with it)?
    Exellend gentlemen, excellent.

  2. Mean Leroy Brown says: Oct 6, 2010 9:56 AM

    Good..
    and he can take his stone hands with him.

  3. Jeff George Rocket Balls says: Oct 6, 2010 9:59 AM

    BB has had a tough go of it in MN. It’s funny though that he showed up big-time in the ’09 NFC title game. He was Favre’s favorite target, grabbing 9 for 102. But with Moss coming on board he now will play sporadically (and almost never once Rice gets healthy).
    Since they traded away Darius Reynaud in the Sage Rosenfels trade the Vikes have had a void in the return game. They had avoided using BB much there in order to keep him healthy for WR duties but my guess is he’ll now be the Vikes’ primary returner the rest of the season.

  4. Thor_of_Valhalla says: Oct 6, 2010 9:59 AM

    Berrian sucks, he is not worth his paycheck, but you are right that the Vikes can’t cut him or he will end up in the division against them and they will still have to pay him. However, his days are numbered and that makes me so happy. You know it’s bad when you are a huge Vikings fan and you won’t even let Berrian sit on the bench on you’re fantasy roster…

  5. t-mon says: Oct 6, 2010 9:59 AM

    Should have sent him to New England…

  6. DublinDemons says: Oct 6, 2010 9:59 AM

    About time! Maybe we can trade this bum for some old sneakers. Moss is back, lookout Refs, here comes the water bottle, look out coppers he’ll run you over, look out packturds!!!! You’re gonna loose!!!! Jets loose on MNF, all is well in MN as the Twins beat the Yankees in 3!

  7. AlanWeiss says: Oct 6, 2010 10:01 AM

    Not so fast my friend! Berrian will remain the #2 wide out with Harvin sliding back into the slot where he thrives.
    Maybe once Sid Rice returns Berrian’s vertical smile will land on the oak for good.

  8. Chiefs2010 says: Oct 6, 2010 10:01 AM

    The league just became more interesting..

  9. FinFan68 says: Oct 6, 2010 10:07 AM

    Miami could use a deep threat…Ginn wouldn’t catch the ball either but at least he could get behind the defense

  10. Shawn says: Oct 6, 2010 10:07 AM

    I say keep him in case of a major injury to Moss or Harvin. Unless someone out there is willing to give up at least a 4th round pick then I say do it.
    Moss+Favre=Superbowl champs

  11. hammerfish says: Oct 6, 2010 10:08 AM

    I don’t think it would be out of this realm to think that the Vikings deal Berrian before Oct. 19. I would think the Jags, Redskins, Panthers, and Rams as potential landing spots.
    Best case they get a 5th rnd pick for him, more likely a 6th.

  12. dcnflfan says: Oct 6, 2010 10:13 AM

    Berrian did have one good game last year, but he has been a disaster so far. Did we ever get an answer to where he was during the bye? Favre was very clear that he was welcoming company while he reviewed film and that had to be addressed to BB.

  13. sand0 says: Oct 6, 2010 10:17 AM

    You really only need one 3 technique WR on the field at a time and Berrian isn’t as good as Moss. So yes, Berrian will be seeing some bench time.
    I’m sure though that they’ll have a couple looks with Berrian opposite Moss running double deep routes.

  14. Greg from Louisiana says: Oct 6, 2010 10:18 AM

    This will not bench Berrian until Rice comes back, but this trade is complete recognition that Berrian cannot cut it as a #1 receiver. In reality he had only one good year and that was with Ferrotte. Since that time he has been backing up to recieve his paycheck since even he knows he isn’t worth what they paid him.
    This will bring out the fans as never before, Moss, Favre, and Adrian Peterson in the same backfield. Now if Favre was only 5 years younger………
    I guess the Wilf’s really want that stadium, it is time for those cheap Minnesotans to step up and vote for one. I cannot fathom this team anywhere else, especially with the best ownership the team has ever had.

  15. heavythumb says: Oct 6, 2010 10:18 AM

    Berrian is about as valuable is Troy Williamson, and less durable. Hard to believe we were that desperate a few years ago to anoint him as a #1 receiver.
    The guy is an empty jersey; the only heart he has shown is pleading pass interference to the ref, which he chose to do instead of trying to prevent an interception and return; a game changing play. I blame both of our losses squarely on him.
    He has a 6 year contract, though. If we cut him, doesn’t that mean we don’t have to pay him next year?

  16. Evpimp says: Oct 6, 2010 10:24 AM

    Brick for Hands is done
    Skol Vikings!

  17. tig 0 bitties says: Oct 6, 2010 10:25 AM

    Jeff George Rocket Balls says:….
    -your right we do have some trouble with the return game but i don’t trust berrian catching punts. he bobbles just about everything that comes his way. maybe on kick return where there isn’t people right in his face. I actually like that. put him on kick return. but when it comes to punts its like him going across the middle. it aint gonna work.

  18. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 6, 2010 10:29 AM

    Brett Favre doesn’t participate in one offseason activity until the 3rd preseason game and you’re asking where Berrian was during the bye week?

  19. purpleguy says: Oct 6, 2010 10:32 AM

    With Moss and Rice free agents, and the Vikes on the hook for his comp this year, they’re not going to dump him until they know where they stand for WRs next year. If they keep Moss and Rice next year, he’s long gone. The problem is that neither Moss nor Rice will be willing to commit without knowing who the QB will be next year.

  20. Chapnasty. says: Oct 6, 2010 10:34 AM

    Am I the only person who used to be indifferent to the Vikings and now suddenly find myself rooting against them 120%?

  21. VikingsPrincess says: Oct 6, 2010 10:34 AM

    Berrian was in California during the bye. Sending out snarky tweets to fan inquiring as to his location while Brett was reviewing film – apparently with Shiancoe & Rice. Greg Lewis was in Las Vegas driving around in a blue convertible.
    I’m glad Moss is back, if for no other reason to stick it to those 2.

  22. JimmySmith says: Oct 6, 2010 10:38 AM

    $44 million contract? I would put him to good use scrubbing the toilets in the Humpy dome and picking up Childress dress from the dry cleaners.

  23. footballrulz says: Oct 6, 2010 10:48 AM

    Man o man, Moss for a 3rd rounder. Shrewd Vikes, shrewd. & TT wouldn;t give a 4th for Lynch. Damn.

  24. MikeBara33 says: Oct 6, 2010 10:50 AM

    Wow. The obscure Jimmy Orr reference. I’m impressed, Florio.

  25. Flvikesfan says: Oct 6, 2010 10:55 AM

    The only good year Berrian had was his first when AP was the offense and EVERY defense they faced put 8 in the box every play. This gave Berrian one on one coverage and he did well. Not sure what has happened to this kid but he needs to show up for once and catch the freaking ball!!!

  26. Anarcho Purplism says: Oct 6, 2010 10:59 AM

    Berrian is a decent receiver. The problem is that he is being lined up as a #1, when he really is a #2 guy. He can’t beat top-notch corners in this league.
    Secondly, he does not do well going over the middle, running fade routes or jump-balls. The guy is pure finesse w/out tons of athleticism (like Moss is).
    His stand-out year in Chicago had him busting up the seam deep. He blew up his #s and then got over-paid by the next team to sign him.
    In 3 WR sets with Moss, Harvin (in slot where he belongs) & Shank……Berrian will do just fine.
    You could argue this hurts Greg Lewis more. Regardless…..Vikes need someone to throw jump balls to & now we have one.

  27. PurpleRaid12 says: Oct 6, 2010 11:05 AM

    “So we’ve officially changed this site from reporting gossip second or third hand to…
    a Vikings Message Board (with all the glorious conjecture that comes with it)?
    Exellend gentlemen, excellent.”
    __________________________________
    Perhaps if Packer fans wouldn’t CONSTANTLY make asinine comments on every minute thing that has to do with either Favre or the Vikings there wouldn’t be so many stories pertaining to them. You have no one but your peers (like JimmySmith) to thank.

  28. Anarcho Purplism says: Oct 6, 2010 11:05 AM

    # pacstud says: October 6, 2010 9:54 AM
    So we’ve officially changed this site from reporting gossip second or third hand to…a Vikings Message Board (with all the glorious conjecture that comes with it)?
    Exellend gentlemen, excellent.
    @pacstud
    Face it….this is the biggest news in the NFL.
    Had the Pack pulled out the wallet & gotten M. Lynch, that’d be the story of the day, since the Packers are the team-to-beat in the NFC North right now.
    The Vikes are trying to fill a glaring need at WR, while the Pack is going to ride it out with Kuhn.
    Spare me the traditional, sophmoric Green-&-Gold-venom directed at the Purple.
    The slate of NFC North games between Chicago, Green Bay & Minnesota got a LOT more interesting today.

  29. SmurfJuice says: Oct 6, 2010 11:05 AM

    Moss+Favre=Superb owl champs. They might get a really sweet looking nocturnal bird, but definitely not Super Bowl champs.
    I like the move by Minnesota. But imagine this..
    If only it could have been done three years ago, get Favre straight from the Packers (if McNabb was already in DC, there would have been a precedent) and get Moss before he resigned with New England. Add in Adrian Peterson when he was in ‘beast mode’, Birk/Hutch/Big Mac on the left side of the line, Chester as another backfield option… Not to mention, Rodgers wouldn’t have been as developed in GB, Cutler wasn’t in Chicago, Detroit was worse than they are now. That’s six wins right there. I’ve hated the Vikings since the McMahon days, but I wouldn’t bet against them going 19-0 with that team.
    That would have been one SCARY team.

  30. Gergie says: Oct 6, 2010 11:06 AM

    I disagree, with Moss on one side and BB on the other, Brett will be salivating.

  31. Douchebaggery says: Oct 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    Give me a break, Berrian would be the #5 WR on the Bears.

  32. FargoVikesFan says: Oct 6, 2010 11:37 AM

    The Vikes would be alot better off putting Moss, Camarillo, and Harvin in the 3 WR set and leave Bernice Barelyran on the bench as your #4.
    Then you have your deep threat, your possession WR, and your slot guy, all who can catch.

  33. Yzzim says: Oct 6, 2010 11:46 AM

    “he’ll only be seeing the ball if Moss is doubled and Percy Harvin is doubled and Visanthe Shiancoe is doubled and Berrian is wide open and waving his arms like Jimmy Orr in Super Bowl III.”
    AWESOME!!!

  34. nfl says: Oct 6, 2010 12:05 PM

    So, a day after you tell us to watch our language in comments, you use ‘Butt’ in a headline? Nice.
    Berrian has always been the biggest looser. And Florio knows big loosers.

  35. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 6, 2010 12:12 PM

    “he’ll only be seeing the ball if Moss is doubled and Percy Harvin is doubled and Visanthe Shiancoe is doubled and Berrian is wide open and waving his arms like Jimmy Orr in Super Bowl III.”
    ————————–
    This might not even guarantee a throw to Berrian Mr. Florio. If you go back to the tape from last year, a number of interceptions came off of Berrian not being able to catch balls, they just bounce off his hands in the St. Louis and San Francisco games.

  36. nfl says: Oct 6, 2010 12:22 PM

    Bernard Berrian can run. The End.

  37. comment_submission_error says: Oct 6, 2010 8:31 PM

    Oakland should be sniffing around Berrian, or any other wide receiver with two legs and some pass-catching experience on his resume.

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