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Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 4:12 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie ominously tweeted, "Its been fun." The logical speculation was that he'd been cut (or informed he'd be cut anyway) by Minnesota.

That's exactly what's happened, as the team announced Tuesday that they'd cut McKinnie.

"This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "We appreciate Bryant’s contributions to the Vikings, and we wish him the best in the future."

McKinnie was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list earlier in the week and was, as Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune points out, due to receive $4.9 million base salary this season, along with a $500,000 and $250,000 workout bonus.

The tackle was also apparently in pretty bad physical condition when he arrived at camp, though the team wouldn't confirm that's why he was on the NFI list. They did confirm they'd speak with McKinnie on Tuesday about the shape he was in, along with, per Zulgad, "a number of things."

"There are a number of things that we want to work on with Bryant and some other guys as well," Frazier said. "Conditioning is part of it. We just want to try to make sure that we're doing the right thing by every guy that's wearing the purple."

Conditioning will be the likely suspect for the final reason McKinnie was cut and you can expect plenty of speculation as to where the 2009 Pro Bowler will end up next, beginning with the division rival Chicago Bears who are always in need of offensive linemen, though it's hard to imagine he fits the bill (or, doesn't fit, I suppose) if he's a) not in shape and b) unwilling to take less money.

Speaking of Chicago, Sun-Times writer Sean Jensen reports that McKinnie wouldn't take a pay cut from the aforementioned base salary and that also led to the Vikings decision to cut him.

The lesson to be learned here? Showing up to work out of shape and refusing to take a pay cut is no way to go through life, son.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:14 am

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Scary thing is...he grew up across the bridge in Jersey so it wouldn't surprise me at all that he comes crawling to the Eagles and begs them to sign him...I think maybe they should pass on him, last thing we need is him thinking its a Dream Team and then partying his azz off every night...geezzzzzz, someone said it best, waste of talent b/c he was L A Z Y!!!!

Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:45 am

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

400lbs? Just move him from tackle to guard and problem solved. He never was a good tackle anyway, just a strong fluke with cement feet, as anytime a fast DE got a hold of him they killed the QB behind him. Put him at guard where that mammoth frame will be harder to move, and he might be alright. I couldn't care if he showed up a 500 lbs if he can bowl people over and protect the QB.  

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:54 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Darn.  If he just had a criminal record the Bengals could sign him.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:56 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

There is no excuse for being out of shape as an NFL player. None. They knew the lockout could end at any time and yet guys like Mckinnie did little to prepare besides play video games and consume mountains of junk food. Some of these lineman are literally going to eat themselves right out of the league.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:50 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

  I saw his huge gut hanging out on the front page of the sports section this morning, so I'm not surprised by this.   Charlie Johnson should do a good jo in his absense.  Good to see that Leslie has a pair on him!  This is something we have been missing.  Go Vikes!

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:37 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Frazier is the first Viking coach since Bud Grant to actually crack the whip on this team. BM has always been an overweight, overvalued LT. It's been 4 years at least since he could actually protect a QB's blindside.
I think it could be the best thing that could happen to this team. There's a new sheriff in town, and it's my way or the highway.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:02 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Dallas can repeat the Andre Davis experiment and put him at right gaurd, depending on the money of course.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:26 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Hard to outsmart those "EAGELS" isn't it?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:21 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Reggie Bush needs to trademark that phrase because I get the feeling that another 20-25 players will be cut by the end of next week. Instead of saying..."it's been fun" they should say "I'm sorry I was a failure and wasn't able to live up to the expectations of the great fans who work hard to earn money to buy overpriced tickets to watch us play. For that I am truly sorry. But as for playing on such a pathetic team.....good riddance".. Lol!


Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:13 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Don't let the door hit your fat arse on the way out, you lazy bum!

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