Vikings get rid of Bernard Berrian

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We speculated about Bernard Berrian getting cut Sunday night.  On Tuesday morning, the Vikings made it official.

Minnesota waived Bernard Berrian after three and a half increasingly disappointing seasons with the Vikings, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com.

Any player cut after the trading deadline is subject to waivers.  Berrian was only making $1.9 million on a reduced contract this year, so it wouldn’t be a shock if he was claimed.

Something happened on Sunday that caused Berrian to become a last minute inactive against the Packers. It appears he had one last chance with the team, and he blew it.

It’s not like Berrian was helping the Vikings.  He has 343 receiving yards since the start of the 2010 season.

Berrian made $23 million over the first three years of his contract.  He played well in his first season with Minnesota, but is no longer the same player.

Despite that, we’d give Berrian a better chance of catching on with another NFL team than, say, Terrell Owens.

110 responses to “Vikings get rid of Bernard Berrian

  1. 3 and a half years to late,dude sucks never did anything but steal money.Don’t bring T.O. around we had enough with divas the last couple of years.23 million,he should be locked up for stealing so much.damn.

  2. It’s a shame things didn’t work out, but I think it is safe to say that Berrian was released for lack of performance more than anything else. He had become the least valuable receiver on the team.

    But, he will always hold (share) the record for the longest pass reception in NFL and Viking history.

  3. I dunno about the TO comment

    Didn’t TO have like 10 TD’s last year (and a blown ACL in the off-season admittedly). Berrian has been diabolical for ages, whenever I saw him on the field I couldn’t understand how he still had a job

  4. I say he goes back to the Windy City and tomorrow Roy Williams will find out the locks have been changed…

  5. I disagree, I think Owens will sooner find a job — assuming he’s healthy enough to play — than Berrian.

    What’s Berrian ever done, exactly?? On a team like the Vikings, starving for wide receivers, he gets cut. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

  6. This was one of the most overpaid WR in the league. Had to take a pay cut to stay on team this year and still was bad. Good Ridance, now lets take care of the Cook situation next. Maybe Frazier does get it.

  7. Didn’t block, couldn’t gain separation anymore, dropped balls, and whined to the media. About the only thing he didn’t do wrong was kick a Packer player in the gonads.

  8. Finally! Now just do the same with McNabb and Chris Cook. And Cook’s arrest doesn’t have anything to do with it. He’s terrible. Look at majority of receiving touchdowns by opponents or pass interference calls against the Vikings this year and you’ll find #31 in purple standing there. Hell, you can even release Antoine Winfield for all I care. He WAS a great corner, but he’s shown over the past few years that he can’t stay healthy. Plus he’s getting up there in age. its time to see what others can do and get a headstart on next year. I’m not saying to quit or stop trying, but its time to be realistic and look to the future and see what we have.

  9. Hello, St. Louis.

    But I got to say I think he has a better chance of catching on as shift leader at McDonald’s……

  10. I’m glad Frazier is cleaning house. I like that Frazier gave him a chance to turn his career around and then made this move quickly when it was clear it wasn’t working.

  11. Good for him…now he can concentrate on his modeling career full-time. Hopefully he isn’t as afraid to walk across a cat-walk as he was to go across the middle of a defense. Good riddance!

  12. This is a great example of what not to do in the NFL. Berrian had a pretty good start in Chicago, my feeling is if he were to stay in Chicago and took less money he would still be producing. He went to make more money to be a number one receiver and he never was one to begin with. His agent or whomever ruined his career, now the guy will be hard pressed to make anything. Making decent money over a 12 year career or going for it all for a couple, learning a new system and finding out your not as good as you thought, thats Berrian in a nutshell. He should of taken a page from someone like Kevin Faulk, someone who knows his role and accepts it and over a long career has made decent money. Berrian, your an idiot

  13. Redskins wouldn’t supprise me with Hightower being hurt and Torain being injury prone. Helu has sparts of hope, but he’s still a rookie.

    Not sure how I feel about that though. Torrain can be a beast…when he’s not on ir.

  14. I’d not complain if NE kicked the tires on him. He’s kind of the type of receiver (if he could catch) that they need.

  15. kissbillsrings says: he’ll be on either the Skins or Rams by the end of the week…

    Oh, please let it be the Rams . . .

  16. michfan — Frazier is building HIS team and has to weed out the negative to make the team better. Childress hold-overs are on their way out. Not sure that this constitutes a “circus”… lol

  17. Patriots cut Ocho Stinko and pick up Berrian to be their down field threat? Nah… He’s going “nowheres.”

    This guy has one route pattern that he does at an NFL level… Streak Streak Streak.

  18. This is pretty funny MN State Representative Pat Garofalo on Twitter about Berrian.

    PatGarofaloRep. Pat Garofalo
    @johnkriesel 1 – Bernard Berrian – 0 #DemandedItInExchange4SupportOfNewStadium #OkProbablyNot

  19. About time!! I thought the whole idea of being a wr was catch a ball!! Now all they need to do is get rid of SpIelman this guy is putting us years behind with every decision he makes.

  20. Finally!!!!! I knew the season was over before it started, when we kept Berrian as our primary deep-threat. He’s absolutely useless. Not even Favre could get him the ball. Better late than never Frazier – I sure hope you learned from your mistake. Get Ponder some experience, get a high draft position, GET A DEEP THREAT…..and we might have a good team next year.

  21. What happened here? When B.B. went to the Vikes, I was mad the Raiders didnt try to snag him…. I think of the guy as one of the better receivers in the league… should I not?

  22. You have to understand the context of the signing. Berrian was coming off a big season in Chicago and the Vikings had the worst passing game in the NFL the year prior. And the Vikings had a lot of cap space. They were going to have to overpay for a proven free agent receiver.

  23. Say what you will about Frazier’s game day coaching skills, but he has done a lot of right things this season with personnel. McKinnie, Berrian, benching McNabb – all much needed and great moves.

    Next up? Cook. He’s done for.

  24. While you’re at it Leslie, how about Cook and McNabb next? And all other prima donna’s. Rid your team of those with character issues, then you will achieve team success.

  25. Based on waiver order, (current records) heres what I see.

    0 wins:
    Dolphins: Marshall, and Bess, no need for BB.
    Colts: Wayne, and Garcon, no need for BB.
    Rams: Just got Lloyd, no need for BB.

    1 win:
    Vikings: Duh, they dumped him.
    Cardinals: Fitz, Doucet, good enough.

    2 wins:
    Jags: Resigned MSW, and Thomas, bad but the whole team is just bad.
    Eagles: Maclin, Jackson, good to go
    Broncos: Tebow couldnt hit a barn, no need to bring in a WR.
    Seahawks: Baldwin, Rice, pretty decent combo.

    And the team that should claim him, the final 2 win team.

    Carolina. Behind Steve Smith, the other starter is Legadoodoo Nene. I mean really? They need a WR to atleast push some of the young guys to not want to lose their spot to Berrian. Cheap pickup, could help Cam, seems like the best fit of the 2-win or less club.

    If he does slip past all these teams, I do see the 3 win Redskins needing him after Santana Moss broke his hand yesterday.

  26. cantonbound13 says:
    Oct 25, 2011 12:55 PM
    It’s a close call as far as who the worst GM is. Ireland or Spielman?
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    Easy, Ireland. Spielman isn’t a GM.

  27. Frazier clearly made some bad choices (signing McNabb, letting Berrian hang around and restructuring his contract) but at least, unlike Childress, he is not too proud to admit when a mistake is made and move on rather than standing by his choices until the bitter end when he’s already thoroughly screwed things up.

  28. While I like the move, Percy’s Hurt, and AP is a bit dinged as well, not to mention Shiancoe. A lot will be placed on Ponder…almost too much, especially with little WR exp supporting him.

    I think Ponder and Camarillo should work on their Brady/Welker, Bradford/Amendola impersonations.

  29. CHilly still has his hooks in this team…pulling them out one at a time. Aside from AD and Harvin…Did he really do anytihng else right? And it’s not like Peterson was really a choice at that point in the draft. Taylor, Berrian, Williams…I remember all those signing that year…

  30. As a Pack fan it looks like Minny. might turn things aound, now all they have to do is get rid of, Fraszier, Robison, Cook, and get some WRs that can be relied upon (where was Harvin?).

    Start drafting well, which may have started all ready Ponder didn’t look to shabby. Haven’t heard much about that TE (rudolph?) he may be done for the season.

  31. Berrian should have been released before the start of the season. Another bonehead coaching move. Surprised it took this long?

  32. One of the worst free agent signings ever by the Vikings, followed by the worst resigning of Brett Favre after 09! (Bernard you were a HUGE TURD) Washed up has been…

  33. londonfletcher says:
    Oct 25, 2011 1:11 PM
    Redskins wouldn’t supprise me with Hightower being hurt and Torain being injury prone. Helu has sparts of hope, but he’s still a rookie.

    Not sure how I feel about that though. Torrain can be a beast…when he’s not on ir.
    __________

    Berrian plays wide receiver.

  34. The Bears fans, the lions fans and it goes without saying the Packer fans are all laughing at the purple turd balls on here claiming to have disapproved the signing of Barrien.

    You would think with such a deep pool of football intelligents to draw from in MN that the vikequeens should never lose a game.

    Your all a joke, your team is a joke.

  35. Reality curse strikes. None of the three from Ultimate Catch have done anything this year(Berrian, Ochocinco, Owens).

    Sims-Walker managed to get a job, so Berrian might get one too. I’m thinking Cleveland or San Francisco.

  36. Should have cut him last year when BB & Sydney Rice (both healthy enough to play) were both smiling & laughing on the sidelines against Chicago while the rest the O was trying to win without 2 of their depp threat receivers.

    Frazier got rid of both those quitters.

    He is getting rid of the dead weight. Have to admire that.

  37. gb4mn0 says:
    Oct 25, 2011 3:53 PM
    The Bears fans, the lions fans and it goes without saying the Packer fans are all laughing at the purple turd balls on here claiming to have disapproved the signing of Barrien.

    You would think with such a deep pool of football intelligents to draw from in MN that the vikequeens should never lose a game.

    Your all a joke, your team is a joke.

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    Doofus:
    When one is trying to show how ignorant a fanase is, here are a few hints for you:
    It’s intelligence- not intelligents- good lord.

    It’s Berrian- not Barrien- were you thinking Barrium? As in enema?

    Disapproved of

    It’s you’re- as in you are- not your meaning to posess something.

    I don’t expect anything less from you- You have proved your moronic nature on here over and over. It’s just that you look more like an ass than ever by displaying your lack of intelligence, while chastising others for the same thing-great job !

  38. shaggytoodle says:
    Oct 25, 2011 2:28 PM
    As a Pack fan it looks like Minny. might turn things aound, now all they have to do is get rid of, Fraszier, Robison, Cook, and get some WRs that can be relied upon (where was Harvin?).

    Start drafting well, which may have started all ready Ponder didn’t look to shabby. Haven’t heard much about that TE (rudolph?) he may be done for the season.

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    Frazier? Really- you dump a coach after 7 games? He’s cleaning out Childos deadwood right now.

    Robison? Why would you get rid of him? He has 2x as many sacks as Clay does. Becuae he kicked a Packer player in the junk? Come on Man!

    Cook? You don’t throw away a quality corner because of something a lot of other players have done- it’s just a simple fact of life in the NFL-it’s not something new- it’s not right- but its the way it is.

    Listen asshat, I’d keep your know nothing self to your packer threads- they tolerate you there.

  39. gb4mn0 says:
    Oct 25, 2011 3:53 PM
    The Bears fans, the lions fans and it goes without saying the Packer fans are all laughing at the purple turd balls on here claiming to have disapproved the signing of Barrien.

    You would think with such a deep pool of football intelligents to draw from in MN that the vikequeens should never lose a game.

    Your all a joke, your team is a joke.
    ————————————-

    And yet, every time you post, Vikings fans, Bears fans, Lions fans, and even Packers fans laugh at you. It’s the shake your head and chuckle kind, like when you know that someone is playing without a full deck, and yet it amuses you when they do or say something that displays that fact. I suppose you don’t know that feeling…. Well, someone has to be on the bottom of that particular ladder.

    For example… It’s V-I-Q-U-E-E-N-S. You replace the “kings” in the name with “queens”. Do you understand that particular worn-out insult yet? Seriously, it’s about as original as a knock-knock joke, and you still managed to mess it up. It would be like someone saying the Packeckers. What’s next? Are you going pull out the old draft-card-in-late gag and mock the Vikings for picking Mike Williams?

  40. Poor Bernard. It must be tough being a receiver who cant actually catch a football. The Yikings should of cut him years ago. What a waste of money.

  41. Berrian had a great career in Chicago. He will still be picked up. So many teams in this league with sub-par receivers right now.

    I wonder if he saved most of his money? 23 million in your 1st 3 years with the franchise and then 1.9 million is a huge drop in income. Doubt it. All of these dudes eventually end up going broke.

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