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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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Comments

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Lions front four are going to make his replacment look just as bad as him.



Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

heldtalove...mckinnie held out til midway thru his rookie year so your memory needs some work



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

now thats what i call trimming the fat!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

I remember when "Mount McKinney" was drafted. There was all this hype about how he never allowed a sack in high school or college. Then, he gave up his first sack in Game One of the PRESEASON! Baaahaahaahaaa!!!



Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Id rather have charlie johnson from Indy then keep this non working, party loser. Good descion.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

I don't think the Bills QBs agree with you.  $5 million for a LT is nothing.  He was cut b/c he can't motivate himself to play every game and now he shows up in terrible shape after partying all off-season.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Slammin6, you beat me to it.  This is a guy that the Bills just have to make the full press to sign.  He's far from finished and this is clearly a salary cap motivated move by the Vikings.

Viking fans, just think about if the Bills had drafted him instead of Williams.  You would not have anything to complain about now because it would be just a distant nasty memory.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

This is the same fat moron that had a $100,000 bar tab during NBA All-star weekend. This fool will be broke 2 years after his career ends which will probably be sooner rather than later.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

the eagels are aready taking to his agent..lol



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Yeah he was a Pro Bowler in 2009, but he hardly DESERVED it!  The only reason he was on there is the Vikes made it to the NFC Championship game.  He got benched during the season for poor performance. Then the idiot got shown the door the week of the Pro Bowl for missing practice and partying all night.  I hope nobody hires that lard azz.  What a waste of talent!


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