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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.

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  1. michfan says: Oct 25, 2011 12:41 PM

    The Viking Circus continues to roll!

  2. tjacks7 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:41 PM

    Hallelujah! Maybe this team is starting to figure out what they’re doing after all.

  3. natelan69 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:43 PM

    ::coughcoughSCAPEGOATcoughcough::

  4. bigpara says: Oct 25, 2011 12:43 PM

    The Eagles will sign him.

  5. kingmj4891 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:43 PM

    Redskins??????????????

  6. notrelated says: Oct 25, 2011 12:43 PM

    Redskins.

  7. thevikes85 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:44 PM

    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.

  8. farmmbig says: Oct 25, 2011 12:45 PM

    Good riddance.

  9. philo13181 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:45 PM

    I’m surprised the Titans haven’t signed him yet

  10. minnesotablizzard says: Oct 25, 2011 12:46 PM

    Good riddance. I hated that signing from the start, way overpaid for him.

  11. cjw1197 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:46 PM

    Have fun in Twitter wars during your spare time, Bernard.

  12. fwippel says: Oct 25, 2011 12:46 PM

    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.

  13. britishraven says: Oct 25, 2011 12:46 PM

    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

  14. cakemixa says: Oct 25, 2011 12:47 PM

    B-Twice!

  15. kernelreefer says: Oct 25, 2011 12:49 PM

    Now the question is which city he’ll find himself insulting war heroes.

  16. 4evrnyt says: Oct 25, 2011 12:50 PM

    Said already but I’ll repeat it cause I agree:

    Redskins

  17. kglee54 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:50 PM

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

  18. pjcostello says: Oct 25, 2011 12:50 PM

    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.

  19. countsnail says: Oct 25, 2011 12:51 PM

    He’d give some veteran depth to Oakland’s WR corps. Plus, they wouldn’t have to give up 10 draft picks to get him.

  20. briang123 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:52 PM

    $23 million? I think only Tim Tebow is a bigger thief than Berrian.

  21. zerot62 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:54 PM

    Bout time. Recieveing skills are important for RECIEVERS. This dud couldn’t catch a COLD in MN!

  22. ringneck28 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:54 PM

    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.

  23. We'reFineThere says: Oct 25, 2011 12:54 PM

    this guy only looks good with a QB like Grossman

  24. cantonbound13 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:55 PM

    It’s a close call as far as who the worst GM is. Ireland or Spielman?

  25. rubbernilly says: Oct 25, 2011 12:55 PM

    Rams?

  26. pistolsmoke says: Oct 25, 2011 12:56 PM

    Finally a great thing happened to the Vikings!
    Best coaching decision yet by Leslie Frazier.

  27. youdownwithjpp says: Oct 25, 2011 12:57 PM

    I say the Skins or Panthers pick him up.

  28. tjacks7 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:57 PM

    When your main job function is to catch the football, and you’re not catching the football, you can expect to have job security issues.

  29. packfaninchitown says: Oct 25, 2011 12:58 PM

    Angelo will sign him before the week is out…

  30. bisatc says: Oct 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    Thank God.

  31. iambadkid says: Oct 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    oh so what i got a millions of nfl players to talk about in this block, bernard berrian he’s an unknown player

  32. glac1 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    Frazier should be the next one they cut their ties with.

  33. purplekoolaid1 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    Man, the Italian one from this site could buy a lot of wigs with $23 million.

  34. milkmandanimal says: Oct 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    However will the Vikings replace the one catch and 14 yards per game he was averaging this year whilst catching less than a third of the balls thrown his way?

  35. purpleguy says: Oct 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    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.

  36. lpd1964 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:00 PM

    Good Riddance, what a load!! This is the second best move after starting Ponder.

  37. purpleman527 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:02 PM

    AMEN !

    Now, lets hope McFat gets cut !

  38. theallegedone says: Oct 25, 2011 1:02 PM

    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.

  39. radtrigger says: Oct 25, 2011 1:02 PM

    non story

  40. kissbillsrings says: Oct 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    he’ll be on either the Skins or Rams by the end of the week…

  41. jeffro33 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    Bernard Berrian sucks, period.

  42. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    This just proves that Jerry Angelo hasn’t always been a knucklehead.

  43. prior0knowledge says: Oct 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    He was caught with “something” which explains his drop in productivity

  44. beerandtitties says: Oct 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    Hello, St. Louis.

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

  45. 1team1nation says: Oct 25, 2011 1:05 PM

    I wonder if he was less productive because he was “only” making $1.9 million?

  46. ammarradhi says: Oct 25, 2011 1:05 PM

    Good riddens!

  47. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 25, 2011 1:06 PM

    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.

  48. nbaraie says: Oct 25, 2011 1:08 PM

    Bills.

  49. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 25, 2011 1:09 PM

    I swear after seeing T.O. & Carson being the only real success of last year’s Cinci offense, the Raiders should continue the freak show and bring him on.

  50. purple4reak says: Oct 25, 2011 1:10 PM

    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!

  51. jasonculhane says: Oct 25, 2011 1:10 PM

    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

  52. 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.

  53. descendency says: Oct 25, 2011 1:11 PM

    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.

  54. purpwalk says: Oct 25, 2011 1:11 PM

    how do ya write the sound of a broom sweeping???

  55. londonfletcher says: Oct 25, 2011 1:12 PM

    woops, wrong person haha

  56. londonfletcher says: Oct 25, 2011 1:13 PM

    Santana Moss I meant.

  57. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 25, 2011 1:14 PM

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

    Oh, please let it be the Rams . . .

  58. rugdog100 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:17 PM

    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

  59. rugdog100 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    It doesn’t matter where Berrian goes, because one thing remains the same… he can’t catch!

  60. paramattic says: Oct 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    A fading overpriced receiver with one ok season on his resume?

    You better believe that’s a new Redskin in waiting.

  61. cmutimmah says: Oct 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    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.

  62. doorcountyvikes says: Oct 25, 2011 1:21 PM

    Its painful to see the money spent by the vikes on this guy. He will be a redskin.

  63. rajbais says: Oct 25, 2011 1:21 PM

    Great, dump McNabb too!!!!!

  64. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 25, 2011 1:22 PM

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

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

  65. vikesfan67 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:23 PM

    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.

  66. skolvikesskol says: Oct 25, 2011 1:23 PM

    Next up… Cook and mcbadd…. PLEASE CLEAN HOUSE!!! Then draft for depth…

  67. makeshersquirt says: Oct 25, 2011 1:23 PM

    His level of suckness really fits into Indy’s team philosophy this year. He may be that one player that will help ensure them of the number 1 overall pick!

  68. captaintriumph says: Oct 25, 2011 1:24 PM

    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.

  69. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 25, 2011 1:24 PM

    Everyone knows that Seattle will claim Berrian. We get all the Vikings leftovers.

  70. dougydougdoug says: Oct 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    Maybe the Raiders will pick him up, so he can sit on the bench next to Palmer.

  71. Raider-in-PA says: Oct 25, 2011 1:27 PM

    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?

  72. dublindemonszfl says: Oct 25, 2011 1:31 PM

    That’s because he stinks. Don’t mess with a vet Bernie, you’ll get crushed.

  73. theytukrjobs says: Oct 25, 2011 1:32 PM

    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.

  74. cusoman says: Oct 25, 2011 1:34 PM

    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.

  75. cosmicatomic says: Oct 25, 2011 1:34 PM

    I’d rather have T.O. than Berrian…..and I HATE T.O.

  76. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 25, 2011 1:36 PM

    go to seattle and complain like all the others, you waste of money.

    this is another step in the CORRECT direction.

    dump mcnabb and cook next.

  77. cosmicatomic says: Oct 25, 2011 1:37 PM

    Berrian = T.O.’s ego with Freddie Mitchell’s talent

  78. nflcraziness says: Oct 25, 2011 1:37 PM

    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.

  79. ncsteve83 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:37 PM

    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.

  80. cusoman says: Oct 25, 2011 1:40 PM

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

  81. christinamer says: Oct 25, 2011 1:50 PM

    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.

  82. christinamer says: Oct 25, 2011 1:51 PM

    PS, Seahawks seem to like Minnesota’s leftovers.

  83. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 25, 2011 1:55 PM

    chris cook allegdely chokes and punches his girlfriend because she talked to her former boyfriend.

    vikings, you better dump this guy now.

  84. Robert says: Oct 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    I’m suprised the Raiders didn’t offer some picks for him.

  85. jimnsota says: Oct 25, 2011 2:10 PM

    The sideline icon B-twice will be missed…

  86. jimmysee says: Oct 25, 2011 2:13 PM

    Was he the last guy on the McNabb bandwagon?

  87. kashonly says: Oct 25, 2011 2:14 PM

    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.

  88. vikingssoxfrustration says: Oct 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    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…

  89. 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.

  90. ap28vikes says: Oct 25, 2011 2:34 PM

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

  91. blizzard01 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    Fomer Viking Alan Page is on the state supeme court. I wonder what illustrious accomplishments await Berrian in his post-Viking days.

  92. notthekiller says: Oct 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    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…

  93. hotzy21 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:01 PM

    B-twice = BUHBYE

  94. asublimeday says: Oct 25, 2011 3:22 PM

    Man, you must be REALLY stupid to get duped by Jerry Angelo

  95. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 25, 2011 3:29 PM

    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.

  96. thatswhatimsayin says: Oct 25, 2011 3:31 PM

    I’m beginning to love Frazier. Like Dungy, I won’t yell at you, but if you don’t do what i ask… i’ll cut you. Next man up? Chris Cook?

  97. 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.

  98. colt13 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:11 PM

    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.

  99. granadafan says: Oct 25, 2011 4:14 PM

    Another athlete who got Chris Johnson syndrome once he got paid.

  100. senti45 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:29 PM

    Finally that bum is gone. Brett Favre wouldnt even throw to him.

  101. dtrb10 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:02 PM

    I can’t say that sucks

  102. vikesfansteve says: Oct 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    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.

  103. gdeli says: Oct 25, 2011 6:08 PM

    bye bye bb! sob got a ton of money too. damn! that sucks. you suck bb. It was time to take out the trash.

  104. paulharghis says: Oct 25, 2011 7:18 PM

    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.

    ===============================
    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 !

  105. thatswhatimsayin says: Oct 25, 2011 7:36 PM

    Hey Paulharghis, don’t insult Packer fans intelligents. Geez

  106. paulharghis says: Oct 25, 2011 8:23 PM

    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.

    ===============================
    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.

  107. cluelessdufus says: Oct 25, 2011 10:04 PM

    party time best news since randy moss joined

  108. brewdogg says: Oct 26, 2011 1:08 AM

    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?

  109. bangitfootball says: Oct 27, 2011 7:08 AM

    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.

  110. FromThisSeat.com says: Oct 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    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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