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Bernard Berrian era in Minnesota sounds about over

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Bernard Berrian was supposed to start for the Vikings Sunday against Green Bay.

Coming off his five-catch effort last week, Berrian was initially listed on Minnesota’s sheet for starting lineups. Tom Pelissero of notes that Berrian’s name was crossed out in ink, and replaced by Michael Jenkins.

It appears that Berrian was deactivated at the last minute for some reason.  And now it appears that Berrian’s time in Minnesota could be over.  Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was asked if Berrian had a future with the team after the game.

“It’s something that we’ll talk about this week and we’ll talk about it more this week,” Frazier said.

Translation: So long, Bernard.  Your ninth life is up.

Berrian has only five catches on the season, but we suspect he’ll be able to find a job if the Vikings cut him.

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45 Responses to “Bernard Berrian era in Minnesota sounds about over”
  1. trbowman says: Oct 23, 2011 9:07 PM

    There won’t be much of a market. He’s been awful for three straight years.

    Someone might take a flier, but Berrian joins Donovan McNabb in career purgatory.

  2. 7ransponder says: Oct 23, 2011 9:10 PM

    Should have been over before the season started. Vikes should be using their top 10 pick (let’s be realistic here) on an explosive WR to compliment Harvin in the slot.

    Of course this year’s WR free agent market is looking pretty good too.

    Lots of options here that should never have involved Berrian in the first place.

  3. rtl1984 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:10 PM

    Man, is it sad that I didn’t even notice that he wasn’t in the game?

    It didn’t seem much different than when he was starting.

  4. kashonly says: Oct 23, 2011 9:15 PM

    Better late than never….call Shanny and see if you can play catch with Grossman again.

  5. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:16 PM

    Edit… Bernard Berrian era in NFL sounds about over

  6. roxtar10 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:17 PM

    Can you really name an “era” after someone who is consistently an under-achieving non-factor?

  7. chadman128 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:20 PM

    I remember Bears fans crying that the Bears wouldnt match that huge contract Minnesota offered him in free agency. LOL How that work out?

  8. packfaninvikeland says: Oct 23, 2011 9:21 PM

    Jenkins> Berrian. Anyone can see that. Berrian has been stealin money from the vikings for the past 5 years! At this point, anytime they get rid of this guy would be too late anyways considering all the time, money and roster spot they have wasted on him.

  9. dolphins4 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:26 PM

    T O is available and he still is 10 times better than Berian.Bernard couldn’t catch a cold even if he was in the anartic.

  10. groundpounder95 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:29 PM

    Cut the guy a break….he put many good years in and is a shoe in for the Viking Ring of Fire.

  11. troybulletinboard says: Oct 23, 2011 9:30 PM

    ummm what bears fans were crying because we didn’t match his sheet? we all knew that signing him to a $42 MILLION contract was dumb, and were more than happy to let him go. The only ones who thought that contract was a good idea was the Vikings. Berrian had one play with the Bears, run straight as fast as he could, hold his arms out and hope Rex threw it in there.

  12. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 23, 2011 9:30 PM

    No idea he still played to begin with.

  13. fthrvic says: Oct 23, 2011 9:33 PM

    Special thanks goes to McNabb for intiating this process.

  14. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 23, 2011 9:38 PM

    I think he is purposely getting in trouble so they get rid of him. I hope they do drop him, Aromashadu isn’t great but at least he fights for the ball, who I think will develop some chemistry with Ponder as they continue. Camarillo is a good posession receiver and with Harvin in the slot and Jenkins on the outside they could be a good threat as they develop with Ponder.

    Brett Favre knew Berrian couldn’t play ball, hense the reason he never looked his way and continuiously went to Harvin and Rice. The guy is soft. When Favre did throw to Berrian he often used his Troy Stone Hands Williamson personae and provided opposing teams with gift-me picks.

  15. pack13queens0 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:44 PM

    pretty soon the headlines will say “Vikings era in Minnesota is over”.

  16. mrjnumber1 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:46 PM

    What’s really scary is that Leslie Frazier is a worse head coach than Brad Childress. How does that even happen?

    (This is a good move, though.)

  17. minkytails says: Oct 23, 2011 10:05 PM

    That’s unfortunate for Bernard because against the Packer defense he probably could have had another 10 catches today, all of them on 3rd down.

  18. textexington says: Oct 23, 2011 10:10 PM

    33-27.Go Pack Go!

  19. philtration says: Oct 23, 2011 10:55 PM

    chadman128 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:20 PM

    I remember Bears fans crying that the Bears wouldnt match that huge contract Minnesota offered him in free agency. LOL How that work out?
    I remember Bears fans laughing at the Vikings for paying Jerry Rice money for a Rice-A-Roni player.

  20. metalhead65 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:10 PM

    why would anybody else give him a job? as troybulletinboard said he only did 1 thing with the bears and that was run deep and wait for rex to throw him the is not the bears fault vikings overpayed him. his next catch over the middle will be his first.

  21. VikesPrincess (Lisa) says: Oct 23, 2011 11:13 PM

    Don’t let the door hit ya, Bernie!

    Too little too late, of course… I wrote 2 weeks ago Berrian should have been cut. When will Frazier start listening to me? Sigh…

  22. khmer379 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:23 PM

    Ponder looks good for a rookie first start againt the SB champ he has great awareness I think the vike got it right this time for a QB

  23. thejuddstir says: Oct 23, 2011 11:31 PM

    Berrian may have been a track star but he’s never been an NFL WR. The guy has always been soft, hates going over the middle and has alligator arms when he does. Don’t know what the Vikes were thinking when they signed him.

  24. vikesfan320 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:32 PM

    Does Bernard Berrian remind anybody else of Clifford Franklin from the Replacements? Or is that just me…

  25. klunge says: Oct 23, 2011 11:41 PM

    He qualifies as having his own “era”? Am I missing something?

  26. Derty Ernie says: Oct 24, 2011 12:37 AM

    Clearly its time for house cleaning in Minnesota.
    1. Get rid of underperformers now.
    2. Cut the old farts and install some youth at the end of the year via the draft.
    3. Ponder is the future and passing and running seam in tact. Team needs receivers and offensive linemen.
    4. Cut big mouth mal contents like Keven Williams. His time should have been over two years ago with the drug thing, its just a huge distraction for the team.

  27. captaintriumph says: Oct 24, 2011 1:01 AM

    The very first comment-er has to rip McNabb, and liken Berrian to McNabb. Why? McNabb had a great career but is now tailing-off. Berrian has been dead-weight for 3 years, and was never that good anyway. Why the need to rip McNabb? I don’t understand.

  28. cluelessdufus says: Oct 24, 2011 1:31 AM

    yes,finally if he does get cut i will celeabrate.If MCNabb gets cut it would be the best news the vikings had since they had randy moss last year. im a vikings fan so i know im an tired of MCNabb throwing the ball to the ground im sure all vikings fans are Ponder looked good against Green Bay he looks to be the future there WR core is weak this year there not going to do something about this year they need to see how the vikings WR’s this year play there gonna bring someone in if its steve smith panthers or philladelpha or bring in college WR Justin Blackmon or Malcom Floyd

  29. axespray says: Oct 24, 2011 1:33 AM

    lol, that’s why Minnesota had respectable passing numbers…. they had guys with actual heart on the field running routes and catching.

    11 vs 11 is alot easier than 10 vs 11.
    Still suprised minny has berrian on their roster…

  30. sterlingrodgers says: Oct 24, 2011 1:35 AM

    ^^^ LOL to the “era” comments!

  31. mcnabbulous says: Oct 24, 2011 2:38 AM

    I get it now. He is “open” to a new career choice. Dude, you really suck.

  32. mcnabbulous says: Oct 24, 2011 2:44 AM

    I heard berrian called a players only meeting because he thought he should be called “all day” to reflect his constantly being wide open.

  33. fmwarner says: Oct 24, 2011 3:22 AM

    thejuddstir says: Oct 23, 2011 11:31 PM

    Berrian may have been a track star but he’s never been an NFL WR.

    Sounds like he could be packing for Oakland!

  34. asublimeday says: Oct 24, 2011 3:30 AM


    Funny, I remember us actually knowing the value of a one-dimensional speedster and laughing as the queens handed him 46 million.

    Nice that you’re delusional, though.

  35. 1fast84 says: Oct 24, 2011 4:31 AM

    Doesnt make sense to me why they would keep him and let sidney rice go? Percy and sidney with ponder throwing it and peterson in the backfield sounds like a winning combination

  36. r8erswilldebacleyou says: Oct 24, 2011 4:44 AM

    Strange but True:

    Visanthe Shiancoe (team prankster) crossed out Berrian’s name and wrote in Jenkins.

    Frazier and Bill Musgrave (OC) freaked out and went along with benching Berrian because they thought Rick Spielman did it as a not-so-subtle message.

    Spielman was silent because he thought someone else has Zygi Wilf’s ear on personnel decisions.

    Hence, Jenkins wins a starting role, Berrian is about to get cut and PFT has a great story.

  37. vikefan says: Oct 24, 2011 6:57 AM

    pretty soon the headlines will say “Vikings era in Minnesota is over”.
    ive got some duct tape to fix that old broken record of yours….

  38. Robert Chandler says: Oct 24, 2011 8:31 AM

    Long-time Vikings (suffering lately) fan here. It’s sort of pathetic to me, that after all the talk, post-Loveboat incident, about weeding out the “bad character” players and a “zero tolerance” for bad behavior, the team seems to have more than enough players who go through the motions on the field, disrespect the franchise, or are too stupid to stop getting arrested or in trouble. Skipping meetings (Berrian), kicking opposing players in the crotch (Robison), getting in trouble with the cops (Griffen and others), are not acceptable.

    For a team that is clearly at a crossroads in many, many ways, I personally have no respect or patience for idiots tarnishing the already-tarnished legacy of this once-proud franchise. Berrian is the shining example of a guy who doesn’t appreciate all the amazing blessings he has been granted. He sleepwalks on the field and shows no deisre. His performances are nothing better than what an average rookie WR or FA retread could produce for less money. Then, he blows off meetings and shows disdain for his coaches and the owner in doing so. What more can any one player do to spit in the face of his providers? Cut this turd now.

    As for Robison’s latest Bad behavior, I would applaud the Vikings for fining him and reminding him that the team will not tolerate such childish and unsportsmanlike acts. He needs to grow up as a man, and let his actions reflect maturity and appreciation for the good fortune he has been extended. As an older man who has been unable to find ANY job for the past 18 months (facing homelessness soon), it is sad to see some of these spoiled millionaires seemingly unappreciative of the tremendous blessings they have.

  39. packmad1 says: Oct 24, 2011 9:04 AM

    @CluelessDufus, How’s the droid army working out for you? Don’t forget to use twin attack!

    About the Vikes and B.B., their problem has never been their receiving core. It has been their Q.B. I’ve been telling my Viking fan friends for years they need to quit spending cash on has been Q.B.s that other teams have let go for a reason, and get a decent rookie Q.B., like Ponder, suck up a lost season or two as they guy learns and build up around him. Wham bam in 2 or 3 years you have a team built to be a competitor for 4 or 5 years maybe more.
    Wilf is just to worried about buying a superbowl appearance right away befor he dies, and this year getting his pleasure palace built on the backs of the poor.
    B.B. was never great, but he was the least of your worries.

  40. comeonnowguys says: Oct 24, 2011 9:21 AM


    A rare correct move by Jerry Angelo on the offensive side of the ball.

    I’m… going to go reinforce my umbrella for today’s storm of frogs.

  41. dublindemonszfl says: Oct 24, 2011 9:55 AM

    Bernie Berrian -never wanted him in the 1st place. He was not that good withthe Bears, highlight reel is wide open receptions. He can’t play in traffic, never catches the ball when a defender is near. He and McNabb can go start their own league in London.

  42. dougy1970 says: Oct 24, 2011 10:13 AM

    Berrian had 4 game-winning catches for Vikes in 2007, including a 99 yarder against the Bears and 90 yarder against Lie-Downs.


    Develop their own QB, eh? You mean like Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson, Daunte Culpepper, and T-Jack?

  43. macatawami says: Oct 24, 2011 10:47 AM

    Watch out, Rosenthal. Berrian’s publicist has threatened to sue you if you go any farther.

  44. packmad1 says: Oct 24, 2011 10:57 AM

    @doug Rich Gannon played 1 part of a season as a starter and despite an impressive 11-5 season was ousted during the post season. Mn traded for him.
    Brad Johnson they only played because of Moons injury and then Johnson had a freak one himself.
    Daunte, well as they say, crap happens.
    And T-Jack, are you serious? Childress brought him in and for how many years was “grooming” him?
    Perhaps you didn’t read my comment. The Vikes needed to draft a decent QB, throw him in from the start, and build around him. In a couple years they have their team to go the distance year after year.
    Instead the Vikings built a great team, brought in has beens, and now that they have a QB who can play, tbe rest of the team is aging.
    Wilf refuses to rebuild right and until he does, you’ll always fall short.

  45. vikefan says: Oct 24, 2011 12:17 PM

    pretty soon the headlines will say “Vikings era in Minnesota is over”.
    you must be extremely afraid of them as bad as you no longer want them to be your neighbor

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