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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: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:07 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

I guess Brett Favre is saying "Damnit had ya'll done that last year like I told ya then we would be Superbowl Champs!"

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:06 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

All in all, when Mount Mac, was on the field he was a good left tackle.  But, he was a classic underachiever, and gone is the mentality of "The U", do whatever the hell "I" want to do.  We drafted him to be our bookend for 10 years and that's how long he played, never missed a game.  Yet, he could never exercise caution when he was off the field, as was the case this year.  Frazier is putting his stamp down now.  We will not tolerate anything less than professionalism.  We wont be afraid to let go of players, even if they get picked up by one of our division rivals, because we don't operate in fear, we operate in faith!  The message is clear, "It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life, and I'm feeeeeeelin good!" 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:04 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Feed me Buffalo Bills shoulda drafted his fat ass over Mike Williams=the worst NFL joke ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:57 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Lived in MN till i was 18...McKinnie had always been ssomehwat of a letdown since they signed him and he donned the front page of our local paper as the "new great huge Offensive Lineman"....have to say he never quite lived up to the billing. Good luck in the future but I don't think it's much of a loss.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:43 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

The McDonald's in Mankato better watch out tonight!!!! Somebody might be drowning his sorrows in Big Macs!!!

Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:35 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Possibly the best offseason move made thus far. Good riddance.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:30 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Good...this guys is a total dirtbag!  Let's see here....1. 2005 boat cruise scandal, 2. 2005 3 AM3 gas station "incident". 2009 pro bowl, enough said! 4. 2009 night club problem...this guy is a total dirtball, see you at burger king you fat ! 

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:27 pm

Bryant McKinnie surrendered zero sacks in 4 years

...and then the NFL happened

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:27 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

the full can will be used for Loadholt

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:25 pm

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

What about a full garbage can?

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