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McKinnie’s placement on NFI list could open door for Charlie Johnson

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When the Vikings announced that they’d crashed the official Pay Peyton Less Party to swipe left tackle Charlie Johnson, it initially appeared unlikely that Johnson would become the starting left tackle in Minnesota, given the presence of tenth-year veteran Bryant McKinnie.

But with the placement of McKinnie on the non-football injury list, speculation already has commenced that Johnson could be in, and McKinnie could be out.

The concern is that McKinnie possibly did little to stay in shape during the lockout (other than work out with female tennis players), which has resulted in McKinnie showing up for training camp overweight.  Asked about McKinnie’s scale-tipping skills on Monday, coach Leslie Frazier said (per Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press), “[W]e’re working on that.  We’re working on that.”

The biggest clue regarding McKinnie’s prospects in Minnesota may have come not from the signing of Johnson, but from the pursuit of Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod, as reported last week by Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.  Some believe that, if the Vikings had landed Bushrod, McKinnie would have been cut.

And that means there’s every reason to keep an eye on McKinnie’s status over the coming weeks.  Though Johnson is able to move to other positions than left tackle, he ultimately may not have to.

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32 Responses to “McKinnie’s placement on NFI list could open door for Charlie Johnson”
  1. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Aug 2, 2011 9:22 AM

    All McKinnie has done is promote sh, stuff, through Twitter. I followed that — (can’t say it on here) and all he did was promote, promote, promote. The only working out this guy has had has been with his thumbs.

  2. carlgerbschmidt says: Aug 2, 2011 9:22 AM

    Nice draft pick. This guy’s main accomplishment was starring in the MN episode of the Love Boat. My personal favoriate mckinnie quote “ain’t no woman gonna say she a h*”

  3. tucknrolle says: Aug 2, 2011 9:29 AM

    McKinnie got torched last year anyway. Pretty much the hole O-Line did. Brett is probably still have nightmares about it. If the Vikes solidify their line they could make last season a distant memory. If not, sorry Dono.

  4. dayoldmeat says: Aug 2, 2011 9:34 AM

    We can’t expect too much out of the guy, it’s not his contract year.

  5. vikingdoode says: Aug 2, 2011 9:36 AM

    Worst represent of a football player. He’s a typical “I’m owed something”. Nobody in MN likes him because of hislack of effort and his physical skills. He is Buster Douglas

  6. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 9:40 AM

    McKinnie’s inability to put down the fork may be a blessing in disguise. They’ve been looking for an opportunity to replace this guy and now they actually have a replacement. Start Johnson at LT this year, draft a LT next year, and move Johnson to guard when the new guy is ready.

  7. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 9:41 AM

    McKinnie’s scale-tipping skills are rivaled only by his stanchion-swinging skills.

  8. blizzard01 says: Aug 2, 2011 9:46 AM

    Frazier can run for Governor if he cuts McKinnie.
    How he lasted into his tenth year is beyond me.

  9. calvikefan1 says: Aug 2, 2011 9:56 AM

    It’s about time. McKinnie, probably the most over rated tackle in the league, and that ‘s only because of his size, cant pass block for s–t. Come to think of it he can run block either. Peterson’s career just got extended

  10. valhallarising says: Aug 2, 2011 9:59 AM

    Didn’t this guy preach all summer about working out with the Williams sisters and how they had taught him the importance of staying in shape? He has held us hostage at tackle too long by just staying good enough not to cut. Unfortunately Left Tackles don’t grow on trees and McKinnie is still around the middle of the pack when it comes to Left Tackle so we have been forced to keep his lazy ass around.

  11. carlgerbschmidt says: Aug 2, 2011 10:07 AM

    It’s kind of interesting to watch this.

    Vike fans get excited when a starter shows up to camp so overweight that they’re likely to get cut (e.g., Mt. Mckinnie). Yet are bummed when their starters get re-signed (Bernard “dog” Berrian). Nice team you got there.

  12. jpb12 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:13 AM

    Surprised we’re not hearing about more guys that are out of shape.

  13. fwippel says: Aug 2, 2011 10:22 AM

    McKinnie’s placement on NFI could open the door for Johnson?

    It’s probably the reason why Johnson was signed in the first place. McKinnie has been a problem for years, not working hard and not giving his best effort. Maybe Frazier (unlike Childress) has finally had enough of this garbage, and is attempting to faze out McKinnie, and hopefully trade him for someone who’s willing to work hard.

  14. typhilly21 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:29 AM

    NFI List:

    McKinnie (Fat)

  15. contra74 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:33 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Aug 2, 2011 10:07 AM
    It’s kind of interesting to watch this.

    Vike fans get excited when a starter shows up to camp so overweight that they’re likely to get cut (e.g., Mt. Mckinnie). Yet are bummed when their starters get re-signed (Bernard “dog” Berrian). Nice team you got there.

    ———
    Two posts in less than an hour. You act like someone cares what you say.

  16. bozosforall says: Aug 2, 2011 10:39 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Aug 2, 2011 9:22 AM
    Nice draft pick. This guy’s main accomplishment was starring in the MN episode of the Love Boat. My personal favoriate mckinnie quote “ain’t no woman gonna say she a h*”

    __
    Meanwhile, the main accomplishment of cumgobsmacker (see above post) is to sit in his mom’s basement and conduct his own personal “Love Boat” for any stray male who answers his personals ad on the Internet.

  17. killxswitch says: Aug 2, 2011 10:41 AM

    Dont’ expect too much from Johnson. He works hard but he’s just not that good.

  18. tombradysponytail says: Aug 2, 2011 10:53 AM

    @contra74 – you make some interesting comments, but your relationship with Carl kind of reminds me a a 8-year old little girl that teases the boys on the playground because she secretely likes them.

  19. buhbay1c says: Aug 2, 2011 10:58 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Nice draft pick. This guy’s main accomplishment was starring in the MN episode of the Love Boat. My personal favoriate mckinnie quote “ain’t no woman gonna say she a h*”

    Ay-Oh! Carl you are hilarious, take that act on the road my friend. I totally see what you did there, comparing that unpleasant Vikings scandal to a TV show from the 70s. Oh Carl, you are such a witty character! When will we ever be able to realize and appreciate your comic genius sir?

  20. contra74 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:59 AM

    Im not a fan of McKinnie. Would be great to see fresh faces on the line.

  21. deljzc says: Aug 2, 2011 11:05 AM

    I guess we’re a little more clear on what type of “working out” McKinney was doing with Venus Williams.

    Well played Bryant! Score!

  22. boneyardbuc says: Aug 2, 2011 11:09 AM

    Just think, Minny could have Donald Penn if Mark Dominik didn’t steal him off your practice squad.

    Donald Penn has allowed zero sacks to Demarcus Ware in 2 games. Demarcus will have his third lesson this December…

  23. shiftyshellshocked says: Aug 2, 2011 11:49 AM

    Man Phil wasn’t much better on the other end either.

  24. favreblows says: Aug 2, 2011 12:20 PM

    McKinnie is a piece of garbage and an embarrassment to the State of MN. Between giving oral sex to strippers in front of high school kids to assaulting civilians in gas stations and and night clubs….he has shown throughout his career that he is completely out of control. Add that to the fact that he is a crappy LT and you wonder why they haven’t cut him years ago. When the hell is this organization going to wake up and start drafting some decent OL? Looking forward to seeing McNabb and Ponder get absolutely crushed this year behind this horrendous OL. I mean…..come on…..if AP had any holes to run through he would gain 2000 yards…..easy. What a joke of a franchise. Although the dunce Paul Hargis probably views sees OL as a team strength…….

  25. funkydunkleman says: Aug 2, 2011 12:33 PM

    How this guy as remained on the team this long, through three coaching staffs, is mind blowing. Many have said we can’t let go of him because we have no suitable replacement, and an average LT is better than no LT, well we got a guy now.

    I think any player that blocked for Manning’s blindside deserves a spot. I think Favre might have hit 300 last year if it weren’t for McKinnie.

    Drop McKinnie and use those savings to lock up Greenway and Peterson for awhile.

  26. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 12:39 PM

    killxswitch says:
    Aug 2, 2011 10:41 AM
    Dont’ expect too much from Johnson. He works hard but he’s just not that good.
    _____________

    That’s an upgrade over someone who dogs it and isn’t that good.

  27. theytukrjobs says: Aug 2, 2011 1:06 PM

    McKinnie has always been a disgrace to this team and state. He’s been in trouble NUMEROUS times. When Zygi and Chilly took over they got rid of all the low character guys except one, Bryant McKinnie. It was a decision that continues to haunt us.

    Just cut the guy. He don’t work hard, he’s a violent drunk, and he’s a disgusting pig to boot. I know nothing about Charlie Johnson and would prefer we get him in here. I don’t even care if McKinnie is a better player on Sundays, which is actually rather debatable at this point.

    McKinnie was given about 9 lives on this team and I just don’t see how Frazier’s personality is going to jive with this kind of pig.

  28. vikingdoode says: Aug 2, 2011 3:26 PM

    McBlubber just tweeted “It’s been Fun” waiting to hear that my dream came true……

  29. vikingdoode says: Aug 2, 2011 3:34 PM

    I asked Frazier where Charlie Johnson will get a look first. He said tackle. I said, “Left?” He winked. Take that for what it’s worth.

    smiling

  30. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 2, 2011 4:11 PM

    Adios McKinney. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  31. spliffbunker says: Aug 2, 2011 5:06 PM

    isnt he the guy that bailed on the NFC for the Pro Bowl because he wanted to party rather than practice ?

  32. paulharghis says: Aug 2, 2011 7:40 PM

    I haven’t been posting too much lately.

    Why? Because I’m rather enjoying the fact that I am so far into Favreblows’s head that he cannot go one post with out mentioning me.

    What kind of a weak mind let’s a total stranger on a website bother him to the point that he makes a complete horse’s a$$ out of himself?

    Keep it coming Favreblows. You’re thought of as a joke on this site. Not only for your vies on football, but for your juvenile attempt at trying to “get back” at me. Just accept that your intelligence level is well below mine and most everyone elses on here.

    Good riddance to McKinnie, should have been done earlier…oh well, addition by subtraction.

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