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.