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Berrian restructures deal in order to stay in Minnesota


It was widely believed that the Vikings would cut receiver Bernard Berrian, who entered 2011 with a salary of $3.9 million and a cap charge of $6 million.

But it appears that Berrian will return, after restructuring his contract.  And it doesn’t appear to be a restructuring that merely moves money around.  Berrian, whose contract now covers two more seasons instead of three, likely took a pay cut.

No, not at all,” Berrian said regarding the new deal, per Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “It was kind of up in the air.  I knew in meetings they were talking about it, but when I got word from them that’s when we went in and met.”

Coach Leslie Frazier met with Berrian to discuss his role in new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offense.

“I’m convinced that he knows this is the best place for him,” Frazier said.  “He knows we have some things around him, we have his best interest at heart.  And he has a chance to really thrive in our offense.”

Thrive is something Berrian hasn’t done much lately.  But with Sidney Rice gone and only Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashadu added via free agency, Berrian has a chance to be the primary complement to Percy Harvin.

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36 Responses to “Berrian restructures deal in order to stay in Minnesota”
  1. iamgoodkid says: Aug 1, 2011 11:26 PM

    NFL has already announced a lockout will take affect august 4th, to banish fans.

  2. carlgerbschmidt says: Aug 1, 2011 11:30 PM

    Why not? After his last mega contract, I’m sure he just wants a Super Bowl ring. Oh wait….nevermind.

  3. savannahrose44 says: Aug 1, 2011 11:30 PM

    Now that Rice is a Seahawk I wouldn’t expect him to do anything other than stay with the Vikings.

  4. firerogergoodell says: Aug 1, 2011 11:31 PM

    As a Vikings fan, hearing “Bernard Berrian” and “primary compliment” in the same sentence makes me cringe.

  5. wtfru2 says: Aug 1, 2011 11:34 PM

    Whew, there is really going to be some aromashadu in that locker room. Now all they need to sign human manura, or is that umaniora or whatever.

  6. freedomispopular says: Aug 1, 2011 11:35 PM

    Except for when he had TO, this is still probably the best group of WRs McNaab will have ever had.

  7. prosb4hos says: Aug 1, 2011 11:35 PM

    Berrian would have trouble being productive in the CFL at this point… Wow he was dreadful last year.

  8. vikingdoode says: Aug 1, 2011 11:36 PM

    dammit! What a waste of money id rather have the old bones of Jim Lash over this priss. Thank god we have Percy what a damn stud!

  9. jimmysee says: Aug 1, 2011 11:38 PM

    So the Vikings have another wide receiver who is slow and can’t catch.

    Even passes thrown by Brett Favre.

  10. jimmysee says: Aug 1, 2011 11:39 PM

    … and to think James Jones was there for the taking!

  11. stealthhawk says: Aug 1, 2011 11:40 PM

    Lofa Tatupu should take note…whoops too late.

  12. cusoman says: Aug 1, 2011 11:41 PM

    I know Les and the man are trying to make this work, but I just don’t see it happening. Anything short of dumping him is not worth it in the long run.

  13. brewdogg says: Aug 1, 2011 11:42 PM


  14. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 1, 2011 11:44 PM


  15. adrianpeterson28 says: Aug 1, 2011 11:47 PM

    I was glad to see Madieu Williams go and I thought Berrian would be next in line but then they go and do this. You have to be kidding me.

  16. dlr4skins says: Aug 2, 2011 12:03 AM

    Refreshing to see such a honest plasyer! He knows with McNabb at QB there will be less catchable balls thrown his way, thus less catches, thus less money.

    It is possible that he could make it up by tutoring McNabb in learning the playbook or overtime rules.

    You better hope McNabb swallows some pride as much of last year was his fault. Don’t believe me? Grossan moved the ball much more effectively than McNabb. McNabb refused to wear a armband because of his image and was lazy at practice. He’s lucky Coach Mike didn’t air the dirty laundry.

    Why did the Vikes give up two draft picks for a guy to be cut before August 4th? I would bet McNabb required it to show the rest of the league he has “value”. Look at the ‘Skins putrid QB situation, not one player campaigned for him to stay nor did Philly players the year before.

    McNabb owes Coach Reed alot as he protected him from players attacks and McNabb’s own deficiencies. It was never McNabb’s fault, never.

    You shall see McNabb for what he is, a fraud. And you will also find out that he is not returnable. Vikes paid and will lose far less than the ‘Skins but they didn’t have to lose a thing if they waited 7 days.

  17. rajbais says: Aug 2, 2011 12:04 AM

    Wow!!! What a team player!!!

    But in order to truly be that, he needs to have better ball possession because according to the “Poor Man’s Greg Cosell”, Gregg Rosenthal, he’s a “possession receiver” … even though he’s stinking up the place!!!!

  18. plasticdood says: Aug 2, 2011 12:06 AM

    I don’t mind keeping Berrian for less cash. No way he should have been making that kind of dough

  19. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 12:13 AM

    Call me crazy but I think B-Twice might have a pretty good season this year. He just never seemed to click with Favre. It would have been very easy to cut him, but Musgrave and Frazier seem to think he can do well in the new offense. I’m going to trust Frazier until he proves me wrong, which I don’t see happening too often.

  20. apooster says: Aug 2, 2011 12:19 AM

    Berrian did well his 1st year in Minny (964yds and 7TD’s) and that was with Frerotte at QB.

    He somehow didn’t click with Favre for who knows what reason, but good thing he restructured.

    When healthy and motivated he can be effective. I like to think of him as a very poor mans Desean Jackson. (Skinny, fast, and can get open). Maybe McNabb can help him out?

  21. frankgarrett says: Aug 2, 2011 12:26 AM

    So.. I take it some players don’t want to win a super bowl

  22. randomjim says: Aug 2, 2011 12:42 AM

    What other choices were out there?
    Restructuring his deal isn’t so bad. They will have 2 starting WR returning.
    They wouldn’t have gone after Edwards w/ Moss burning them last year.
    It’s not great but it’s not disastrous.

  23. favreblows says: Aug 2, 2011 12:45 AM

    Berrian is a “poor man’s Desean Jackson”??? That may be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. That makes Paul Hargis sound intelligent. Are you kidding me? Bernard Berrian is the worst #3 WR in the league.



    Book it.

  24. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 12:49 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Aug 1, 2011 11:30 PM
    Why not? After his last mega contract, I’m sure he just wants a Super Bowl ring. Oh wait….nevermind.

    Super Bowl rings are overrated. Every Packer owner got one, right?

  25. thekingdave says: Aug 2, 2011 1:03 AM


    Jackson+Maclin+Celek>Harvin+Berrian+Shiancoe. Easily.

  26. asublimeday says: Aug 2, 2011 2:06 AM

    Berrian is a “poor man’s Desean Jackson”??? That may be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. That makes Paul Hargis sound intelligent. Are you kidding me? Bernard Berrian is the worst #3 WR in the league.



    Book it.

    The only thing we need to book is a seat for you on the short bus if you think the lions are winning 10 games. Stafford and their whole backfield are going to be in and out of the lineup all year.

    Sorry but Peppers straight up broke that dude.

  27. brewdogg says: Aug 2, 2011 2:07 AM

    I think you are confused, favreblower….

    The wins go first, then the losses. You have all that backwards.

    Good thing I caught that for you.

    Oh yeah…. Book it. (that means it’s sure to happen, right?)

  28. Justin says: Aug 2, 2011 2:47 AM

    if only he could somehow restructure his talent

  29. chobes68 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:49 AM

    “thekingdave says:
    Aug 2, 2011 1:03 AM

    Jackson+Maclin+Celek>Harvin+Berrian+Shiancoe. Easily.”


    Evidently, you didn’t understand what he meant by poor man’s.

    He’ll have to explain to you in pictures.

  30. theytukrjobs says: Aug 2, 2011 7:48 AM

    Berrian is good if he’s not banged up. Problem is that the guy stubs his toe on a coffee table and he’s down to 90%.

  31. jetsfanjk says: Aug 2, 2011 8:05 AM

    Harvin+Aromashadu+Berrian+Camarillo= 4 mediocre receivers….why not go get Braylon or Floyd?

  32. valhallarising says: Aug 2, 2011 8:19 AM

    If he is coming back cheaper, you can’t honestly be ready to give up on Berrian yet as a Vikings fan can you? Favre and Berrian never seemed to click and yes Berrian’s hamstrings are as sturdy as wet noodles but when healthy, he has the ability to stretch the field more than most receivers in the league. I personally wouldn’t mention him in the same breath as Desean Jackson however.

  33. lilrob10201 says: Aug 2, 2011 8:33 AM

    Why would the Vikings cut their #2 receiver if he did not take a paycut ? Their receiving core is bad as it is.

  34. sevensixtwonato says: Aug 2, 2011 8:37 AM

    Superbowl Homeboy….

  35. fwippel says: Aug 2, 2011 8:38 AM

    With no other quality receivers outside of Harvin, we may be seeing quite a bit of double tight-end formations this year, with Shiancoe, Kliensasser and Rudolph, and AP in the backfield.

    That’s what happens when your TEs have better sets of hands than your WRs.

  36. thekingdave says: Aug 2, 2011 3:24 PM


    Evidently, you cannot figure out simple things like which comment I’m replying to. Moron.

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